i have attained decent confidence in typing on my split keyboard with the dvorak layout and blank keycaps, which i use at my desktop computer daily. i also wanted to be able to use a similar layout with my portable computers, so i created this layout for the "preonic" ortholinear keyboard that i've been using with my raspberry pi. i figured labeled keycaps would be helpful since i will be using this one less often, and it turns out they look pretty nice too.

@brubsby sort of but not really? they are a combination of DSA standard sets from a company with a really bad name, the initials are PMK.

@palomakop understandable elision. thank you though! i will probably try to recreate this setup at some point in the future, ortholinear looks sick

@palomakop God this is such a pretty keyboard
how big is it for travel?

@aynish pretty small for a mechanical keyboard, unless you are going to have a lot less keys. but, the case is a little heavy, that's fine with me. i also have a padded sleeve for it.


Do you have tumb keys on your split? I'd be interrested in how you feel the transition.

@colin_brosseau yes i have the moonlander. would have been a lot easier to transition if i didn't also switch to dvorak.

@palomakop my standard question is how accessible are the shortcuts and coding (if you do any) in non-qwerty, either split or unified?

@creitve coding is pretty good, hence my decision to include all the symbols on the base layer.
shortcuts are pretty decent, for editing code, my second layer has both shifted and non shifted versions of arrow keys, home/end, skip by word (alt+arrow), plus cut/copy/paste so they are closer to where they were on qwerty.
on my split i also set macros for a lot of shortcuts so i can do them with my left hand only. on this one, it's easier because i can reach the whole keyboard w/ one hand.

@palomakop Looks awesome! Why did you switch to Dvorak?

I'm actually doing the reverse transition: used Qwerty without touch typing, but I wanted to use split keyboards. Learning to touch type was the first step, but a real pain with complex programing symbols in the ISO Spanish layout and staggered rows. I discovered Dvorak, which actually boost my touch typing learning, and then jumped to a Planck-clone as a second step (as a bonus, I can still use Qwerty wo/ touch typing).

@RoboePi i learned touch typing on qwerty about two years ago, it really helped with my back pain. typing all the symbols for programming was the hardest part, i had to do a lot of online typing training things.
after that experience i realized that the interface between me and my computer could be so much smoother, but i wanted the efficiency of a layout that doesn't make you move your fingers as much, and also got into programmable keyboards and just had way too much fun.

@palomakop Yay! Programable keyboards are quite fun. Thank you for sharing your reasons and your keyboards! 😃

@palomakop is orholinear an aesthetic thing or an ergonomic thing? I’ve never typed on one and am curious.

@nf i like the way it looks but i also like the feel more, i find it's easier for touch typing all the keys because you just move your fingers straight up and down.

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