'Beakl opted4' computer keyboard layout

Canonical namebeakl-opted4.en.ansi
LanguageEnglish
Form factorSlab : ANSI
'Author'Patrick Gillespie
Author data may not be correct, we're working on it.
Keys horizontally staggeredYes
Letters on thumb (lower and upper case)0
Avoids AltGr for standard charactersYes
Does not move non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)Yes
Maintains QWERTY 'shift' pairsNo
Maintains QWERTY top row (ANSI/ISO)Yes
Uppercase on same keyYes
Conventional home keys, fingering, Space, Enter, Shifts, AltGrYes
Maintains QWERTY ZXCVNo
Maintains Colemak punctuationNo

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beakl-opted4.en.ansi


Download the Keyboard Layout Analyzer .json file.

Changes from QWERTY (1873)

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Changes from Modified Blickensderfer (1892 / 2012)

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Changes from Dvorak (1936)

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Changes from Colemak (2006)

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Changes from MTGAP (2012)

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Changes from HIEAMTSRN (2014)

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Changes from Uciea Vanilla (2021)

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Changes from Poqtea-qp (Autogenerated, 2021)

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Similarity

AncestorScore
QWERTY (1873)
Modified Blickensderfer (1892 / 2012)
Dvorak (1936)
Colemak (2006)
MTGAP (2012)
HIEAMTSRN (2014)
Uciea Vanilla (2021)
Poqtea-qp (2021)
Maximum

Beakl opted4 is most similar to

LayoutScore
beakl-15p.en.ansi18.75
newden-mod-ian.en.ansi17.00
beakl_stretch.en.ansi16.00
hieamtsrn-optimized.en.ansi16.00
heiadtsrn-wfgv.en.ansi15.50
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi15.50
oiseau.en.ansi14.50
g-ansi-maks.en.ansi14.00
hieamtsrn.en.ansi14.00
balance-12-steven-tammen.en.ansi14.00

Beakl opted4 is least similar to

LayoutScore
oneproduct.en.ansi1.00
embizone-mod-ian.en.ansi1.50
hands-down-neu.en.ansi1.75
balance-twelve.en.ansi1.75
embizone.en.ansi1.75
balance-twelve-mirrored.en.ansi1.75
ali-kian.en.ansi1.75
hands-down-alt.en.ansi2.00
hands_down_alt.en.ansi2.00
bgrassy.en.ansi2.00

Scores

Scores are percentages relative to the best layout for each metric.
MetricPercentage
Finger-based metrics65.52
Word-based metrics89.79
English66.11
Code61.64
Proglish67.04
Words metric for no same-finger89.79
Overall score73.61

All layouts (434)

MetricLowestLowest scorebeakl-opted4.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8365.52
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.54
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4089.79
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3573.61
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.08

All ANSI (325)

MetricLowestLowest scorebeakl-opted4.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8365.52
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi78.62
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4089.79
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3573.61
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi83.79

Conventional ANSI (251)

MetricLowestLowest scorebeakl-opted4.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8365.52
g-ansi-maks.en.ansi72.45
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4089.79
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3573.61
uciea-gcsv.en.ansi79.94

Comparison to other layouts

beakl-opted4.en.ansi beakl-opted4.en.ansi

colemak.en.ansi

mtgap.en.ansi

workman.en.ansi

dvorak.en.ansi

norman.en.ansi

qwerty.en.ansi

Best ANSI

full-maks-minimo.en.ansi

whorf.en.ansi

Worst ANSI

noel.en.ansi

Finger based metrics

Finger based metrics, as determined with Keyboard Layout Analyzer, using KLAnext scoring model, and then normalised to ANSI QWERTY = 100.
Lower is better.

English

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestmaks-ex.en.ergodox43.8743.4032.7667.01
This layoutbeakl-opted4.en.ansi66.3674.8458.2565.64
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Programming code

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestx1_atreus-44-keys.en.ergodox54.5034.5661.2880.83
This layoutbeakl-opted4.en.ansi88.4290.7289.6581.35
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Proglish (an 80:20 English:Code mix)

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestmaks-ex.en.ergodox49.2242.4944.7871.55
This layoutbeakl-opted4.en.ansi73.4279.3069.5569.38
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Overall Fingers score (4 * English % + Code % + Proglish %) / 6

Higher is better. Score is out of 100.
RankLayoutPercentage
Bestmaks-ex.en.ergodox98.54
This layoutbeakl-opted4.en.ansi65.52
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi46.53
MetricLowestLowest scorebeakl-opted4.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Overall fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8365.52
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.54

English Word-based analysis

Home Keys Analysis

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

aehiprst

Home key common words

Not part of final score.
Which of the 200 most common words are typeable on the home keys.

Words handledWords not handled
the a that is as it i his at he are this their her has she its there these see three part here set of and to in was for with on be by from had not which have or were an but you they all been one will who would more up can him so out into we when said them about other than time no if some only also first could two my what over such do may me any like then after very most new made your people now between should where years many being our before through much way work those did well down back just even because own little make must good under man used both same how still while use last too life against know year each us get mr take long off go day might great never found old gbp right another place came during again without come world men end upon think later say few left number away thought until home small different system though around since often called within always every need went

Home key words

How many of the 30,000 most common words in the English corpus are typeable on the home keys.
Not included in final score ... layouts with letters on thumb have unfair advantage, and it punishes layouts which opt to keep O and U off the home row.

Home Key lettersEnglish words typeableScoreLongest wordExample
aehiprst644267410therapists

Word count
Word length

No same-finger words

How many of the 30,000 most common words in the English corpus can be typed without using the same finger twice.

Home Key lettersEnglish words typeableScoreLongest wordExample
aehiprst21359142419seventeenth-century

Word count
Word length

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowest exampleLowest scorebeakl-opted4.en.ansi scoreHighest exampleHighest score
Home keys wordsabcdef.en.ansi152674
cahi.en.matrix5445
No same-finger wordsnoel.en.ansi2761424
whorf.en.ansi1586
Words averagenoel.en.ansi17.40 %89.79 %
whorf.en.ansi100.00 %

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 2No same-finger words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 3Common / tricky words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 4Pangrams Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 5So you think you can type? Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 6Extra practice 1: Common words in text Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 7Extra practice 2: Lorem ipsum and friends Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 8Extra practice 3: Underused words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 9Extra practice 4: Commonly misspelled words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5