PCB for HHKB-like board with detailed bottom row
I wonder if HHKB users (actually I should use"boards with Ctrl at Capslock position users" instead) want a more detailed bottom row.
Here is what I come up with:
Layout A: this is what I prefer
Layout B: for those who want dedicated arrow keys.
Layout AB: dedicated arrow keys for those who use right hand to smash spacebar (swap spacebar and right shift)
you may ask:+ why HHKB?
some of you may know about the Ctrl at Capslock position (at home row), I tried this and I can't go back.
I also found out that if Capslock at position of Ctrl, sometimes I will accidentally press it while pressing Ctrl + Shift (with the pinky finger)
though I'm not in favor of the Backspace right on top of Enter, sometimes I press Enter instead of Backspace, maybe I'm not that used to it (I don't have a HHKB)
+ why Home, End, Page Up,... everything is on the left side, are you a lefty?
I'm not, though I'm trying to use two hands equally.
Also when you're playing game, your right hand will operate the mouse, yeah?
+ there are two arrow clusters?
Yes, another thing related to gaming: the cluster on the left is to move/pan the camera, you don't want to move your left hand to the arrows on the right, right? your right hand is with the mouse.
+ your right shift...
yes, I feel that the current right shift is not that useful, you will have to move your hand away from the home keys.
I do have a prototype board with shift at that position, though it's not as effective as I thought, my right thumb is useless
+ there are numpad keys?
yes, I figured that someone would want to use them, for input numbers or use "key strokes" (ex. in Window: Alt + Num 0174 = ®)
though I put the numpad 5 at the same position as "J" key, but it's not as effective as I thought, maybe these numpad keys need to be printed :(
+ what is "flip" key?
It should "flip" layer of ESC key:
- off: ESC, ` ~ (I think you will want dedicated ESC when gaming)
- on: ` ~, ESC (for typing, you will want dedicated ` ~, right?)
and Fn + Flip: flip layer of "numpad keys" (this should be Fn + Shift + / on layout B & AB)
- off: r t y u i, - + 7 8 9
- on: - + 7 8 9, r t y u i
Please tell me what you think.
Thank you for reading.