Sturdy is my attempt at making a layout that has very high rolls while at the same time minimizing redirects, and then bad redirects (defined as any redirect not involving index) especially. I also wanted pinkies to have relatively low usage and finger speed, which this fit perfectly. It was made with the help of my self-made layout analyzer. In fact I'd argue most of the work going into this layout was getting my analyzer to output what I wanted! :)
Because I have an
lr left middle column, left index especially picks up a lot of the slack. This is
not always good, but the way these indexes are set up now being built around
y, all sfbs in
dg are actually really close to each other. Especially with angle mod keys and
consequently your fingers stay very close to where the action is happening. For reference angle mod
moves the 5 bottom left keys one to the left (moving
z to qwerty
b if you're on ansi), though
you keep hitting the same keys with the same finger.
n. is relatively common (in optimized
layout terms) but can become a very nice alt later down the line.
There are other candidates that I found fit this criteria (high rolls, low redirects), being
stnd requires an
rn middle column and
rnts has an even higher usage/movement
left index than Sturdy, I went with this as the final version.
This is by far my best layout to date. Having used it for a little bit (I'm only 80wpm with it
currently, but improving!), the only annoyance I've found is
sk. It's somewhat common and just
feels pretty bad, going directly against the length of your fingers and forcing left middle to
curl inward when you type it.
I have some ideas about fixing this though. You could for example put it on middle and alt it in
lk if need be, but that didn't seem super ideal. Another option could be to put it on qwerty
z to that position, and alting it in
ck. That might actually be viable too, but
I'd have to play around with it. If you wanna get really creative, making something like
has a near-zero frequency to be
sk using something like ahk would also completely prevent this issue.
For now I will just tank it which I think is also largely fine because 'somewhat common' still means
you'll only get it maybe once every 2 tests or so.
Another small concern is that a lot of words where
rl occurs, it is followed by something on the
left hand, like in
world. This has not been a very big deal however, though if you only
do monkeytype default wordlist, this layout might not be ideal for you because
rl is very
overrepresented in there.
One cool thing my analyzer found however, is the
ji, pinky with
. on index. This gives your right
pinky some breathing space (especially when doing quotes you use a lot of punctuation) while at the
same time reducing the qwerty
l->p pattern in what would otherwise be
e.. These struggles then
basically get transferred to index which can deal with it a lot better. Sturdy of course has this too.
Wrapping up, for the (current?) price of
sk you get balanced pinkies, low movement rings where
left ring has no movement at all and right ring has
ue, which is always a downwards slide,
unproblematic rings and indexes that tank some of the required movement with some minor sfbs in
n. and some smaller sfbs like that. From using it so far I can recommend it!
Finger Speed: 13.567
[0.856, 1.529, 0.809, 3.370, 2.646, 1.517, 1.709, 1.130]
Total Rolls: 47.879%
Alternates (sfs): 6.453%
Total Alternates: 35.654%
Redirects Sfs: 2.164%
Bad Redirects: 0.153%
Bad Redirects Sfs: 0.169%
Total Redirects: 5.229%
Bad Sfbs: 0.654%