Keyboard Layout, Is Inverted Number Row Better?
Some keyboard layouts have inverted number row. Is inverted number row more efficient? Let's answer that question.
Keyboard with inverted number row includes: French Layout, AZERTY layout, and Programer's Dvorak, NEO, Bépo .
Here's inverted number row:
!@#$% ^&*() 12345 67890
I have tried the inverted number row, for a few weeks around 2005, but in the end i abandoned it.
One problem is that the numbers are needed often too, especially a sequence of numbers like credit cards, ID numbers, dates “2010-08-30” or if you do a lot scientific programing with code such as
x^2 - 1/5 * 1.6. But now you need to press Shift for the numbers.
And if you type Chinese with pinyin input method (most popularly used), you need to type one of the number 1 2 3 4 about every 6 keystrokes.
[see Chinese Input Methods]
Is Numbers Used More Often or the Symbols?
is numbers used more often or the symbols? The answer depends on what type of text you type.
- If you do scientific programing a lot, for example, Mathematica, Julia, R, number is more frequent.
- If you don't program but writes lots of blogs or chat: number is more frequent.
To compute and plot your own, see Character Frequency Counter
See also: Computer Languages Characters Frequency
- Dvorak Layout
- Hardware vs Software Dvorak
- Myth of QWERTY vs Dvorak
- Dvorak vs Colemak
- Blank Keycaps vs Labeled Keys
- List of Dvorak Keyboards
- Qwerty to Dvorak, A PhD thesis, 1978
- International Layouts
- QWERTZ, AZERTY
- German Ergonomic
- New French Layout
- French Ergonomic
- French Letter Frequency
- Portuguese Ergonomic
Chinese Input Methods
- Pinyin Letter Frequency 拼音字母頻率
Japanese Input Method
- Japanese Char Frequency
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