'Carpalxq' computer keyboard layout

Canonical namecarpalxq.en.ansi
LanguageEnglish
Form factorSlab : ANSI
'Author'Submitted by Dave Ferree, Carpalx by Martin Krzywinski
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' pairsYes
Maintains QWERTY top row (ANSI/ISO)Yes
Uppercase on same keyYes
Conventional home keys, fingering, Space, Enter, Shifts, AltGrYes
Maintains QWERTY ZXCVYes
Maintains Colemak punctuationYes

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carpalxq.en.ansi


Download the Keyboard Layout Analyzer .json file.

Changes from QWERTY (1873)

carpalxq.en.ansi

Changes from Modified Blickensderfer (1892 / 2012)

carpalxq.en.ansi

Changes from Dvorak (1936)

carpalxq.en.ansi

Changes from Colemak (2006)

carpalxq.en.ansi

Changes from MTGAP (2012)

carpalxq.en.ansi

Changes from HIEAMTSRN (2014)

carpalxq.en.ansi

Changes from Uciea Vanilla (2021)

carpalxq.en.ansi

Changes from Poqtea-qp (Autogenerated, 2021)

carpalxq.en.ansi

Similarity

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

Carpalxq is most similar to

LayoutScore
jan.en.ansi25.00
romberg.en.ansi22.75
aryo.en.ansi22.25
qwpr-no-altgr.en.ansi22.00
minimak-8key.en.ansi21.50
swapsix.en.ansi21.50
qwicklystep1.en.ansi21.50
capewell-qwerf.en.ansi21.50
syperk-qwfrj.en.ansi21.25
tarmak1.en.ansi21.00

Carpalxq is least similar to

LayoutScore
noname-30.en.ansi3.00
einbinder-10-finger.en.ansi3.00
hieaqmtsrn.en.ansi3.00
savard.en.ansi3.00
balance-12-steven-tammen.en.ansi3.25
uhiea-davison.en.ansi3.25
adnw.en.ansi3.25
hieamtsrn.en.ansi3.25
mtgap-hybrid-vanilla.en.ansi3.50
gyf-beta.en.ansi3.50

Scores

Scores are percentages relative to the best layout for each metric.
MetricPercentage
Finger-based metrics52.43
Word-based metrics71.00
English50.81
Code56.52
Proglish54.81
Words metric for no same-finger71.00
Overall score58.62

All layouts (434)

MetricLowestLowest scorecarpalxq.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.43
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.54
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4071.00
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3558.62
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.08

All ANSI (325)

MetricLowestLowest scorecarpalxq.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.43
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi78.62
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4071.00
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3558.62
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi83.79

Conventional ANSI (251)

MetricLowestLowest scorecarpalxq.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.43
g-ansi-maks.en.ansi72.45
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4071.00
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3558.62
uciea-gcsv.en.ansi79.94

Conventional ANSI + QWERTY shift pairs (212)

MetricLowestLowest scorecarpalxq.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.43
g-ansi-maks.en.ansi72.45
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4071.00
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3558.62
uciea-gcsv.en.ansi79.94

Conventional ANSI + QWERTY shift pairs + ZXCV (67)

MetricLowestLowest scorecarpalxq.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersus-split-v3.en.ansi37.2652.43
k-u_tea_shrt-pnct.en.ansi68.45
Wordsus-split-v3.en.ansi46.4171.00
poqtea.en.ansi96.34
Averageus-split-v3.en.ansi40.3158.62
k-u_tea_shrt-pnct.en.ansi77.64

Conventional ANSI + QWERTY shift pairs + ZXCV + Colemak punctuation (31)

MetricLowestLowest scorecarpalxq.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersqwerty-p.en.ansi42.9552.43
poqtea-qp.en.ansi66.79
Wordsaserth.en.ansi54.1671.00
poqtea-qp.en.ansi96.34
Averageqwerty-p.en.ansi46.6958.62
poqtea-qp.en.ansi76.64

Comparison to other layouts

carpalxq.en.ansi carpalxq.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 layoutcarpalxq.en.ansi86.3470.5685.93118.72
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Programming code

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestx1_atreus-44-keys.en.ergodox54.5034.5661.2880.83
This layoutcarpalxq.en.ansi96.4389.98101.2499.70
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Proglish (an 80:20 English:Code mix)

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestmaks-ex.en.ergodox49.2242.4944.7871.55
This layoutcarpalxq.en.ansi89.8075.9891.40114.22
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 layoutcarpalxq.en.ansi52.43
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi46.53
MetricLowestLowest scorecarpalxq.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Overall fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.43
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:

adeinost

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
and to a in is as on it i at not an one its so into said no do did see too end set need the of that was for with be by his he from are had which have or were this but you their they her has all been will who would more she up can him out there we when them about other than time if some only also first could two my what over such 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 well down back just even because own little make must good under man used both same how still three while use last life against know year each us get mr take long part off go day might great never found old gbp right another place came during again without come world men upon think later say few left number away thought until home here small different system though around since often called within always every 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
adeinost597242613assassination

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
adeinost16636112619seventeenth-century

Word count
Word length

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowest exampleLowest scorecarpalxq.en.ansi scoreHighest exampleHighest score
Home keys wordsabcdef.en.ansi152426
cahi.en.matrix5445
No same-finger wordsnoel.en.ansi2761126
whorf.en.ansi1586
Words averagenoel.en.ansi17.40 %71.00 %
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