'Threelayout kla' computer keyboard layout

31 December 2017
Canonical namethreelayout-kla.en.ergodox
Form factorSplit : Ergodox / Kinesis
'Author'Jack Rosenthal, modded for KLA by Ian Douglas
Author data may not be correct, we're working on it.
Keys horizontally staggeredNo
Letters on thumb0
Uses AltGr for standard charactersYes
Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)No
Changes 'shift' pairsYes
Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)No
Uppercase on different keyNo

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MetricRankRelative %
KLA original English prose12477.41
KLA original Programming18560.55
Den 1 English prose8178.56
Den 1 Programming10371.85
Homekeys words1511.67
Homeblock words2943.97
Angle mod Homeblock words2813.97
Easyblock words2841.78
One-handed words11326.87
Homekeys bigrams9267.16
Homekeys trigrams11451.36
Homekeys quadgrams12532.87
Homekeys common words14855.50
Samefinger bigrams216 3.05
Overall ranking13745.75

Finger based metrics

Finger based metrics, as determined with Keyboard Layout Analyzer, using Patrick's original scoring model, and Den's first revised version.

We show the ranking Overall, for the broad Form Factor, and against other similar layouts (Peers), for English prose, assorted Programming, and Average of the two.

'Peers' means compared to other layouts with same characterics, e.g. ANSI/ISO vs Ergo, and matching 'Has letters on thumb', 'Uses AltGr for standard characters', 'Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)', 'Changes shift pairs', 'Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)', and 'Uppercase on different key', as listed above.

 OverallOverallOverall ErgoErgoErgo PeersPeersPeers
Scoring modelEnglish proseProgrammingCombined English proseProgrammingCombined English proseProgrammingCombined
KLA original124 / 360185 / 360133 / 36092 / 108103 / 10897 / 10827 / 3232 / 3230 / 32
Den 181 / 360103 / 36096 / 36067 / 10884 / 10881 / 10817 / 3231 / 3228 / 32

English Word-based analysis

Home Keys Analysis

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


Home key bigrams, trigrams, quadgrams and common words

Scores are based on which fingers are used for the top 20 bigrams, trigrams and quadgrams, and top 30 common words, with the scores weighted by strength of finger used, and frequency of occurance of the text.

MetricRankWeighted scoreComponents handled and not handled
Bigrams9260.56 / 90.17th he er an re on en at ha to or es in nd ou ed it is hi ng
Trigrams11420.38 / 39.68the her hat tha ere ent ter and ing his for ion was you ith ver all wit thi tio
Quadgrams1255.22 / 15.88that ther here with tion ould ight have hich whic this thin they atio ever from ough were hing ment
Common words14846.87 / 84.45the to a that on he as at are an has not or of and in is for was with it his by be from this I but have they
Home Key lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

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Easyblock Analysis

The typical Easyblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Easyblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

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Homeblock Analysis

The typical Homeblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Homeblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

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Angle Mod Homeblock Analysis

The typical Angle Mod Homeblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Angle mod Homeblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample

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One-handed words Analysis

This looks at how many words can be typed with only left or right hand. We want these numbers to be low.
This metric was done "strictly" ... shifted or AltGr letters were only included if Shift or AltGr was on the same hand.
Note: we exclude the Dvorak one-handed layouts comparison, since clearly by design they can type every possible word with one hand.
Left hand lettersLeft wordsLongest left wordLeft exampleRight hand lettersRight wordsLongest right wordRight exampleTotal
qQfFuUyYzZoOhHeEaAiImMjJ5168Fujiyama xkcwbdrtnsglpv727tsktsks 588

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SameFinger Bigrams

This is a weighted analysis of same-finger usage.

The probability that a letter will follow another given letter is used to evaluate layouts by which letters pairs are on the same fingers. We multiply this figure by the percentage frequency of the first letter, in English.
We add the probabilities in both directions, for example "er" and "re".

There are some exceptions: We only look at lower case, and if the second letter is on the same key as the first, we ignore that pair.

The idea is to see how much a finger has to fly around, and if the two letters are on the same key (as in the split-case layouts) then it doesn't have to fly between them.

The metric does not measure how far the finger has to fly, just that it has to. I'll look at adding distance, row jumps, inward rolls, outward rolls, to this metric if possible.

Left pinky'qo' 0.1504
Left ring'fhm' 1.4414
Left middle'ue' 10.4706
Left index'yzaij' 90.7535
Left thumb'' 0
Right thumb'⍽' 0
Right index'xkdrgl' 108.5477
Right middle'ctp' 36.3885
Right ring'wnv' 11.0879
Right pinky'bs' 3.5116
Both thumbs'' 0
Total 262.35

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowestLowest scorethreelayout-kla.en.ergodox scoreHighestHighest score
Home keysabcdef.en.ansi32911
Angle mod Homeblockalphametric.en.ansi135410861
Left hand wordsqgmlwy.en.ergolinear34516
Right hand wordsessie-3.en.ergolinear2672
Total single handedessie-3.en.ergolinear158588
Average single handedessie-3.en.ergolinear79294
Same finger bigramsseelpy-1.en.ergolinear8.01262.35

Fraser Street analysis

"Fraser Street" (thanks Shai) is a specially-crafted text in which most of the words are typed with only the left hand, on the QWERTY layout.
It was designed to highlight how much better the Dvorak layout is at hand alternation.
We ignore spaces and punctuation.

Left lettersRight lettersNeeds both hands

Fraser Street was in West Everett. Westward of Fraser Street was the great vast sea. Awed, we gazed seawards, attracted by crested waves which raced and ebbed. Children were scattered on the beach edged and strewed with seaweed. They waded in water as the sea surged in and retreated. They bagged crabs as eagerly as beavers saw trees. Brave crews, seafarers in fact, steered sea craft far away. The site of Fraser Street was not overrated.

Few vegetated in Fraser Street. Nobody wasted time abed. "Acts test the breed," was ever the sacred adage. Varied crafts and trades were represented. There was a caterer, a barber, a weaver, a cabaret, and a garage. Attracted, we started to see several scenes. We were greeted as friends.

The barber catered to a varied trade, representing diverse careers and different creeds. Saturday drew the best crowd. All were seated, relaxed, aware of fewer cares, less fagged. There we saw a few starved tattered beggars who bragged of "bracers" served at cafes after a wee meal of beef stew and cabbage. A better fare was reserved for those reared on earth's greater awards.

Fraser Street summary

Left letters typed396
Right letters typed467
Needs both hands18
Total letters typed881
Hand balance44.95 : 2.04 : 53.01

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 2Easyblock words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 3Homeblock words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 4Common / tricky words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 5Pangrams Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 6So you think you can type? Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 7Extra practice 1: Common words in text Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 8Extra practice 2: Lorem ipsum and friends Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 9Extra practice 3: Underused words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5