'Ferguson' computer keyboard layout

Canonical nameferguson.en.ansi
LanguageEnglish
Form factorSlab : ANSI
'Author'Ferguson (1974), modded to Ansi by Ian Douglas
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)No
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

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ferguson.en.ansi


Download the Keyboard Layout Analyzer .json file.

Changes from QWERTY (1873)

ferguson.en.ansi

Changes from Modified Blickensderfer (1892 / 2012)

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Changes from Dvorak (1936)

ferguson.en.ansi

Changes from Colemak (2006)

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Changes from MTGAP (2012)

ferguson.en.ansi

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

Ferguson is most similar to

LayoutScore
qwerty-revised.en.ansi27.00
mcgunnigle-peoples-rehomed.en.ansi10.00
oiseau.en.ansi10.00
hieamtsrn-optimized.en.ansi9.75
beakl-opted4.en.ansi9.50
armel-mod-ian.en.ansi9.50
adnw.en.ansi9.25
optimal-digram.en.ansi9.25
dvorak-original-numbers.en.ansi9.00
dvorak-programmer-ordered-numbers.en.ansi9.00

Ferguson is least similar to

LayoutScore
typehack.en.ansi3.25
ali-kian.en.ansi3.25
stndc.en.ansi3.25
rushforth.en.ansi3.25
keymacs2.en.ansi3.50
bgrassy.en.ansi3.50
white.en.ansi3.75
mcgunnigle-perfect.en.ansi3.75
dvorak-mod-elazharty-azmi-suliman-mod-ian.en.ansi3.75
halmak.en.ansi3.75

Scores

Scores are percentages relative to the best layout for each metric.
MetricPercentage
Finger-based metrics49.60
Word-based metrics52.96
English45.92
Code61.30
Proglish52.64
Words metric for no same-finger52.96
Overall score50.72

All layouts (434)

MetricLowestLowest scoreferguson.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8349.60
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.54
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4052.96
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3550.72
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.08

All ANSI (325)

MetricLowestLowest scoreferguson.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8349.60
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi78.62
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4052.96
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3550.72
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi83.79

Unconventional ANSI (74)

MetricLowestLowest scoreferguson.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersqwerty-typewriter.en.ansi33.8249.60
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi78.62
Wordsdvorak-mod-elazharty-azmi-suliman-mod-ian.en.ansi39.2252.96
hieaqmtsrn.en.ansi96.66
Averagearmel-refingered-ian.en.ansi39.7250.72
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi83.79

Comparison to other layouts

ferguson.en.ansi ferguson.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 layoutferguson.en.ansi95.5370.75102.14131.89
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Programming code

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestx1_atreus-44-keys.en.ergodox54.5034.5661.2880.83
This layoutferguson.en.ansi88.9179.7891.87101.26
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Proglish (an 80:20 English:Code mix)

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestmaks-ex.en.ergodox49.2242.4944.7871.55
This layoutferguson.en.ansi93.5173.2698.32124.41
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 layoutferguson.en.ansi49.60
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi46.53
MetricLowestLowest scoreferguson.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Overall fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8349.60
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:

adefgrst

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 as at are after see get great set the of and to in that is was for with on it be by i his he from had not which have or were an this but you their they her has all been one will who would more she its 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 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 little make must good under man used both same how still three while use last too life against know year each us mr take long part off go day might 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 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
adefgrst483192010segregated

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
adefgrst1366184019seventeenth-century

Word count
Word length

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowest exampleLowest scoreferguson.en.ansi scoreHighest exampleHighest score
Home keys wordsabcdef.en.ansi151920
cahi.en.matrix5445
No same-finger wordsnoel.en.ansi276840
whorf.en.ansi1586
Words averagenoel.en.ansi17.40 %52.96 %
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