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I saw a post recently proposing an alternate compact layout for keyboards, trying to find a compromise between saving space but retaining functionality, which is something I like since I've been interested in the idea for a while but don't like the layout on anything I've seen before. To that end, this is what I would propose:
My thought process was this:
- Strip all the extra crap from the numpad that isn't numbers. Does anyone even use the secondary functions anyway?
- Take the arrow keys and "6 key block" and simply shift them over as-is with no rearrangement and drop them on top as secondaries. By retaining the layout, usability is (I think) preserved.
Only getting to actually use this creation for a while would allow me to know if I truly like it for day to day operation, but short of that, I think it's the best I can come up with. What do you think?
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I don't think I'd ever want to go back to having to actually toggle num lock off again. Few things ever make me more angry than using a number pad and hitting those secondary functions. Plus the 6/9+4 blocks is crazy conveniently compressed relative to their individual goals, so I happen to like both of them a lot.
Num pad on the left is definitely something I'd grow to love though. Except that some stupid ass games don't like numpad numbers. I forget how or why that's an issue, but someday I need to just strip the second layer and make the num pad always on in truth.