'Beakl ez' computer keyboard layout

31 December 2017
Canonical namebeakl-ez.en.matrix
Form factorSlab : Matrix
InventorXay Voong
Keys horizontally staggeredNo
Letters on thumb0
Uses AltGr for standard charactersYes
Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)No
Changes 'shift' pairsYes
Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)No
Uppercase on different keyNo

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Download the Keyboard Layout Editor .json file.


MetricRankRelative %
KLA original English prose5982.26
KLA original Programming5979.31
Den 1 English prose7279.85
Den 1 Programming5385.40
Homekeys words2600.85
Homeblock words2625.14
Angle mod Homeblock words2225.14
Easyblock words297.94
One-handed words1857.66
Homekeys bigrams17954.41
Homekeys trigrams15345.72
Homekeys quadgrams14927.27
Homekeys common words8861.43
Samefinger bigrams213 3.13
Overall ranking6251.87

Finger based metrics

Finger based metrics, as determined with Keyboard Layout Analyzer, using Patrick's original scoring model, and Den's first revised version.

We show the ranking Overall, for the broad Form Factor, and against other similar layouts (Peers), for English prose, assorted Programming, and Average of the two.

'Peers' means compared to other layouts with same characterics, e.g. ANSI/ISO vs Ergo, and matching 'Has letters on thumb', 'Uses AltGr for standard characters', 'Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)', 'Changes shift pairs', 'Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)', and 'Uppercase on different key', as listed above.

 OverallOverallOverall ErgoErgoErgo PeersPeersPeers
Scoring modelEnglish proseProgrammingCombined English proseProgrammingCombined English proseProgrammingCombined
KLA original59 / 36059 / 36061 / 36046 / 10849 / 10848 / 10813 / 3218 / 3216 / 32
Den 172 / 36053 / 36060 / 36061 / 10849 / 10856 / 10816 / 3220 / 3216 / 32

English Word-based analysis

Home Keys Analysis

The Home Keys for this layout are shown with red dots in the image above, giving the following letters:


Home key bigrams, trigrams, quadgrams and common words

Scores are based on which fingers are used for the top 20 bigrams, trigrams and quadgrams, and top 30 common words, with the scores weighted by strength of finger used, and frequency of occurance of the text.

MetricRankWeighted scoreComponents handled and not handled
Bigrams17949.06 / 90.17th he in an en at ha it is hi es er re nd on ou ed to or ng
Trigrams15318.14 / 39.68the hat his tha ent was ith wit thi and ing her ere for ion ter you ver all tio
Quadgrams1494.33 / 15.88that with this thin ther tion here ould ight have hich whic they atio ever from ough were hing ment
Common words8851.88 / 84.45the a in is that was with he it as at his this an has of and to for on by be from are I but have not they or
Home Key lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

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Easyblock Analysis

The typical Easyblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Easyblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

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Homeblock Analysis

The typical Homeblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Homeblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

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Angle Mod Homeblock Analysis

The typical Angle Mod Homeblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Angle mod Homeblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

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One-handed words Analysis

This looks at how many words can be typed with only left or right hand. We want these numbers to be low.
This metric was done "strictly" ... shifted or AltGr letters were only included if Shift or AltGr was on the same hand.
Note: we exclude the Dvorak one-handed layouts comparison, since clearly by design they can type every possible word with one hand.
Left hand lettersLeft wordsLongest left wordLeft exampleRight hand lettersRight wordsLongest right wordRight exampleTotal
qyoukhieajx1907eyehook fgrcvlstnwbdmpz845pssts 274

Left handRight hand
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SameFinger Bigrams

This is a weighted analysis of same-finger usage.

The probability that a letter will follow another given letter is used to evaluate layouts by which letters pairs are on the same fingers. We multiply this figure by the percentage frequency of the first letter, in English.
We add the probabilities in both directions, for example "er" and "re".

There are some exceptions: We only look at lower case, and if the second letter is on the same key as the first, we ignore that pair.

The idea is to see how much a finger has to fly around, and if the two letters are on the same key (as in the split-case layouts) then it doesn't have to fly between them.

The metric does not measure how far the finger has to fly, just that it has to. I'll look at adding distance, row jumps, inward rolls, outward rolls, to this metric if possible.

Left pinky'qh' 0
Left ring'yi' 2.6832
Left middle'oej' 19.0669
Left index'ukax' 34.094
Left thumb'⍽' 0
Right thumb'' 0
Right index'fglsbd' 105.8506
Right middle'rtm' 67.4968
Right ring'cnp' 27.0858
Right pinky'vwz' 0.0385
Both thumbs'' 0
Total 256.32

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowestLowest scorebeakl-ez.en.matrix scoreHighestHighest score
Home keysabcdef.en.ansi31477
Angle mod Homeblockalphametric.en.ansi135468702
Left hand wordsqgmlwy.en.ergolinear34190
Right hand wordsessie-3.en.ergolinear2684
Total single handedessie-3.en.ergolinear158274
Average single handedessie-3.en.ergolinear79137
Same finger bigramsseelpy-1.en.ergolinear8.01256.32

Fraser Street analysis

"Fraser Street" (thanks Shai) is a specially-crafted text in which most of the words are typed with only the left hand, on the QWERTY layout.
It was designed to highlight how much better the Dvorak layout is at hand alternation.
We ignore spaces and punctuation.

Left lettersRight lettersNeeds both hands

Fraser Street was in West Everett. Westward of Fraser Street was the great vast sea. Awed, we gazed seawards, attracted by crested waves which raced and ebbed. Children were scattered on the beach edged and strewed with seaweed. They waded in water as the sea surged in and retreated. They bagged crabs as eagerly as beavers saw trees. Brave crews, seafarers in fact, steered sea craft far away. The site of Fraser Street was not overrated.

Few vegetated in Fraser Street. Nobody wasted time abed. "Acts test the breed," was ever the sacred adage. Varied crafts and trades were represented. There was a caterer, a barber, a weaver, a cabaret, and a garage. Attracted, we started to see several scenes. We were greeted as friends.

The barber catered to a varied trade, representing diverse careers and different creeds. Saturday drew the best crowd. All were seated, relaxed, aware of fewer cares, less fagged. There we saw a few starved tattered beggars who bragged of "bracers" served at cafes after a wee meal of beef stew and cabbage. A better fare was reserved for those reared on earth's greater awards.

Fraser Street summary

Left letters typed362
Right letters typed490
Needs both hands29
Total letters typed881
Hand balance41.09 : 3.29 : 55.62

Typing lessons

Download some English words suitable for learning the layout.
Note if any files are empty it's because there are not enough words to create a lesson. This is most noticeable in the bad layouts.

Week 1Homekey words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 2Easyblock words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 3Homeblock words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 4Common / tricky words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 5Pangrams Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 6So you think you can type? Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 7Extra practice 1: Common words in text Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 8Extra practice 2: Lorem ipsum and friends Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 9Extra practice 3: Underused words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5