'Benkeyless' computer keyboard layout

Canonical namebenkeyless.en.ergodox
LanguageEnglish
Form factorSplit : Ergodox / Kinesis
'Author'bwe
Author data may not be correct, we're working on it.
Keys horizontally staggeredNo
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' pairsYes
Maintains QWERTY top row (ANSI/ISO)Yes
Uppercase on same keyYes
Conventional home keys, fingering, Space, Enter, Shifts, AltGrNo
Maintains QWERTY ZXCVNo
Maintains Colemak punctuationNo

Click image for larger view

benkeyless.en.ergodox


Download the Keyboard Layout Analyzer .json file.

Scores

Scores are percentages relative to the best layout for each metric.
MetricPercentage
Finger-based metrics60.28
Word-based metrics85.37
English58.45
Code65.21
Proglish62.67
Words metric for no same-finger85.37
Overall score68.64

All layouts (434)

MetricLowestLowest scorebenkeyless.en.ergodox scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8360.28
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.54
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4085.37
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3568.64
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.08

All Ergo (109)

MetricLowestLowest scorebenkeyless.en.ergodox scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersqwerty.en.ergodox43.8360.28
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.54
Wordsqwerty-thumbshift.en.ergodox53.9185.37
hands-down-gold-ts.en.ergodox98.80
Averageqwerty.en.ergodox47.2568.64
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.08

All Ergo, no AltGr (41)

MetricLowestLowest scorebenkeyless.en.ergodox scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersqwerty-kinesis-advantage.en.ergodox46.2260.28
hs-indeks.en.ergodox93.29
Wordsqwerty-thumbshift.en.ergodox53.9185.37
uciea-vanilla.en.ergodox98.49
Averageqwerty-kinesis-advantage.en.ergodox48.8768.64
hs-indeks.en.ergodox93.66

All Ergo, no letters on thumbs (77)

MetricLowestLowest scorebenkeyless.en.ergodox scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersqwerty.en.ergodox43.8360.28
x1.en.ergodox95.27
Wordsqwerty-thumbshift.en.ergodox53.9185.37
uciea-keyboard.en.matrix98.49
Averageqwerty.en.ergodox47.2568.64
x1.en.ergodox94.41

All Ergo, no AltGr and no letters on thumbs (26)

MetricLowestLowest scorebenkeyless.en.ergodox scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersqwerty-kinesis-advantage.en.ergodox46.2260.28
hs-indeks.en.ergodox93.29
Wordsqwerty-thumbshift.en.ergodox53.9185.37
uciea-vanilla.en.ergodox98.49
Averageqwerty-kinesis-advantage.en.ergodox48.8768.64
hs-indeks.en.ergodox93.66

Comparison to other layouts

benkeyless.en.ergodox benkeyless.en.ergodox

colemak-thumbshift.en.ergodox

mtgap-thumbshift.en.ergodox

dvorak.en.matrix

maltron-us-90.en.ergodox

qwerty.en.ansi

Best Ergo

hands-down-gold-ts.en.ergodox

maks-ex.en.ergodox

Worst Ergo

qwerty.en.ergodox

qwerty-thumbshift.en.ergodox

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 layoutbenkeyless.en.ergodox75.0570.9854.98123.32
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Programming code

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestx1_atreus-44-keys.en.ergodox54.5034.5661.2880.83
This layoutbenkeyless.en.ergodox83.5780.1781.2295.06
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Proglish (an 80:20 English:Code mix)

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestmaks-ex.en.ergodox49.2242.4944.7871.55
This layoutbenkeyless.en.ergodox78.5473.5764.50116.58
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 layoutbenkeyless.en.ergodox60.28
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi46.53
MetricLowestLowest scorebenkeyless.en.ergodox scoreHighestHighest score
Overall fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8360.28
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:

aeilnstu

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
a in is as it i at an all its see little still use last us until set the of and to that was for with on be by his he from are had not which have or were this but you their they her has been one will who would more she up can him so out there 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 these 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 make must good under man used both same how three while too life against know year each get mr take long part 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 home here 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
aeilnstu556226011lieutenants

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
aeilnstu20530135419seventeenth-century

Word count
Word length

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowest exampleLowest scorebenkeyless.en.ergodox scoreHighest exampleHighest score
Home keys wordsabcdef.en.ansi152260
cahi.en.matrix5445
No same-finger wordsnoel.en.ansi2761354
whorf.en.ansi1586
Words averagenoel.en.ansi17.40 %85.37 %
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