'Willems' computer keyboard layout

Canonical namewillems.en.ansi
LanguageEnglish
Form factorSlab : ANSI
'Author'Remy Willems
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 ZXCVNo
Maintains Colemak punctuationNo

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willems.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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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

Willems is most similar to

LayoutScore
dvorak-untangled.en.ansi14.75
dvorak.en.ansi14.75
dvorak-programmer-ordered-numbers.en.ansi14.75
dvorak-original-numbers.en.ansi14.75
dvorak-caps-backspace.en.ansi14.75
dvorak-mod.en.ansi14.25
alphametric.en.ansi13.50
right-pinky-friend.en.ansi13.25
dvorak-mod-ian.en.ansi13.00
oiseau.en.ansi12.50

Willems is least similar to

LayoutScore
bgrassy.en.ansi1.50
ali-kian.en.ansi2.25
another-method-non-mirrored.en.ansi2.75
oneproduct.en.ansi2.75
hands-down-neu-hash.en.ansi2.75
hands-down-neu-sym.en.ansi2.75
ctgap.en.ansi2.75
e-441.en.ansi3.00
hands_down_alt.en.ansi3.00
hands-down-neu.en.ansi3.00

Scores

Scores are percentages relative to the best layout for each metric.
MetricPercentage
Finger-based metrics52.09
Word-based metrics66.96
English50.51
Code55.86
Proglish54.65
Words metric for no same-finger66.96
Overall score57.05

All layouts (434)

MetricLowestLowest scorewillems.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.09
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.54
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4066.96
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3557.05
maks-ex.en.ergodox98.08

All ANSI (325)

MetricLowestLowest scorewillems.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.09
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi78.62
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4066.96
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3557.05
full-maks-minimo.en.ansi83.79

Conventional ANSI (251)

MetricLowestLowest scorewillems.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.09
g-ansi-maks.en.ansi72.45
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4066.96
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3557.05
uciea-gcsv.en.ansi79.94

Conventional ANSI + QWERTY shift pairs (212)

MetricLowestLowest scorewillems.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.09
g-ansi-maks.en.ansi72.45
Wordsnoel.en.ansi17.4066.96
whorf.en.ansi100.00
Averagenoel.en.ansi24.3557.05
uciea-gcsv.en.ansi79.94

Comparison to other layouts

willems.en.ansi willems.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 layoutwillems.en.ansi86.8680.5996.3880.38
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Programming code

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestx1_atreus-44-keys.en.ergodox54.5034.5661.2880.83
This layoutwillems.en.ansi97.5694.35105.3488.42
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi100.00100.00100.00100.00

Proglish (an 80:20 English:Code mix)

RankLayoutScoreDistanceSameFingerSameHand
Bestmaks-ex.en.ergodox49.2242.4944.7871.55
This layoutwillems.en.ansi90.0784.4699.4782.48
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 layoutwillems.en.ansi52.09
Referenceqwerty.en.ansi46.53
MetricLowestLowest scorewillems.en.ansi scoreHighestHighest score
Overall fingersnoel.en.ansi27.8352.09
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:

abenortu

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
to a on be at are not or an but been one out about no our too the of and in that is was for with as it by i his he from had which have were this you their they her has all will who would more she its up can him so there into we when said them other than time 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 before through much way work those did well down back just see 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 end upon 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.
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
abenortu35313248narrator

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
abenortu16482106219seventeenth-century

Word count
Word length

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowest exampleLowest scorewillems.en.ansi scoreHighest exampleHighest score
Home keys wordsabcdef.en.ansi151324
cahi.en.matrix5445
No same-finger wordsnoel.en.ansi2761062
whorf.en.ansi1586
Words averagenoel.en.ansi17.40 %66.96 %
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