'Rushforth' computer keyboard layout

Canonical namerushforth.en.ansi
LanguageEnglish
Form factorSlab : ANSI
'Author'Shelagh Jane Rushforth (1982), modded to ANHI 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
Uses AltGr for standard charactersNo
Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)No
Changes QWERTY 'shift' pairsNo
Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)No
Uppercase on different keyNo
Conventional home keys, fingering, Space, Enter, Shifts, AltGrNo
Maintains QWERTY zxcvNo

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rushforth.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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Similarity

AncestorScore
QWERTY (1873)
Modified Blickensderfer (1892 / 2012)
Dvorak (1936)
Colemak (2006)
MTGAP (2012)
HIEAMTSRN (2014)
Maximum

Scores

Scores are percentages relative to the best layout for each metric.
MetricPercentage
Finger-based metrics46.99
Word-based metrics25.78
English44.94
Code50.61
Proglish51.56
Words metric for words on home keys5.55
Words metric for no same-finger46.02
Overall score36.39

All layouts (355)

MetricLowestLowest scorerushforth.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersyang-mali.en.ansi38.5646.99
chia.en.matrix99.25
Wordsyang-mali.en.ansi7.4525.78
chia-vanilla.en.matrix99.45
Averageyang-mali.en.ansi23.0136.39
chia.en.matrix99.35

All ANSI (274)

MetricLowestLowest scorerushforth.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersyang-mali.en.ansi38.5646.99
uciea-minimo3.en.ansi78.86
Wordsyang-mali.en.ansi7.4525.78
optimal-trigram.en.ansi83.06
Averageyang-mali.en.ansi23.0136.39
uciea-minimo3.en.ansi79.46

Unconventional ANSI (59)

MetricLowestLowest scorerushforth.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersqwerty-typewriter.en.ansi41.6546.99
uciea-minimo3.en.ansi78.86
Wordsarmel-refingered-ian.en.ansi24.0825.78
uciea-minimo3.en.ansi80.05
Averagearmel-refingered-ian.en.ansi35.9036.39
uciea-minimo3.en.ansi79.46

Comparison to other layouts

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colemak.en.ansi

mtgap.en.ansi

workman.en.ansi

dvorak.en.ansi

norman.en.ansi

qwerty.en.ansi

Best ANSI

uciea-minimo3.en.ansi

optimal-trigram.en.ansi

Worst ANSI

yang-mali.en.ansi

Finger based metrics

Finger based metrics, as determined with Keyboard Layout Analyzer, using KLAnext scoring model.
QwertEff is the QWERTY Efficiency, i.e. the Score relative to qwerty.en.ansi at 100%.
Lower is better, except for QwertEff.

English

RankLayoutScoreDistanceFingerUsageSameFingerSameHandQwertEff
Bestchia.en.matrix95.9336.9931.7420.386.83184.23
This layoutrushforth.en.ansi213.4882.7337.8379.7213.2082.79
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi176.7380.4237.5750.728.02100.00

Programming code

RankLayoutScoreDistanceFingerUsageSameFingerSameHandQwertEff
Bestx1_atreus-44-keys.en.ergodox159.6942.9935.9670.4710.25185.56
This layoutrushforth.en.ansi315.50127.9344.24129.6313.7093.92
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi296.32124.4144.22115.0012.68100.00

Proglish (an 80:20 English:Code mix)

RankLayoutScoreDistanceFingerUsageSameFingerSameHandQwertEff
Bestchia.en.matrix110.0738.9932.0131.487.58182.28
This layoutrushforth.en.ansi213.4882.7337.8379.7213.2093.99
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi200.6489.2238.9063.668.85100.00

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

Higher is better.
RankLayoutPercentage
Bestchia.en.matrix99.25
This layoutrushforth.en.ansi46.99
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi54.31
MetricLowestLowest scorerushforth.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Overall fingersyang-mali.en.ansi38.5646.99
chia.en.matrix99.25

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:

aemnopqu

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 on an one up no me man men upon the of and to in that is was for with as it be by i his at he from are had not which have or were this but you their they her has all been will who would more she its can him so out there into we when said them about other than time if some only also first could two my what over such do may 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 see even because own little make must good under used both same how still three while use last too 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 end think later say few left number away thought until home here small set 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.

Home Key lettersEnglish words typeableScoreLongest wordExample
aemnopqu1003027neumann

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
aemnopqu139497780019seventeenth-century

Word count
Word length

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowest exampleLowest scorerushforth.en.ansi scoreHighest exampleHighest score
Home keys wordsabcdef.en.ansi15302
chia-vanilla.en.matrix5445
No same-finger wordsyang-mali.en.ansi2259177800
uciea-keyboard.en.ansi169072
Words averageyang-mali.en.ansi7.45 %25.78 %
uhia.en.matrix99.45 %

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