Re: The NEW Keyboard Layout—IEAOU

Clive Hohberger cph13 at
Mon Jan 26 13:43:41 CST 2015

I certainly agree with Philip about typing with a cat on my lap! I use "one
hand for the cat, one for the mouse"...

What I don't understand in the right hand layout is the placement of the
letter P. Given the English letter frequency  ETAOIN SHRDLU, the letter T,
N, or S would make more sense. Putting T and N in the same row  with E, A
O, and moving P and U  would minimize row changing in typing English.

An obvious idea to me if you really want a 1 handed keyboard for languages
 is ETAOIN <,> in the Home Row and SHRDLU<.> above it, and the remaining
consonants below  or to the left of the upper 2 rows of characters.

Also, my life would be easier if you had dyad keys, such as <TH> or <ES> or
<ED>. Again, look at the dyad frequenecy maps, but I suggest you try
minimize row changing during single words as much as possible.
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On a side note, since I am progressively losing the use of my outer fingers
to osteoarthritis, Dragon 13.5 is a far better solution for me than a new

Thanks for the stimulus.

On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:36 AM, Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at> wrote:

> Very strange layout of the bottom row.
> Note that if your layout is visiblly otimized for the right hand (mostly
> for those that use only one hand to type; so that the left part contains
> only the least used keys),
> I doubt that this really works well for typing just with one hand: those
> same users will also not use more than two fingers and the 5th finger (to
> the rightmost part of the keyboard) will still be hard to type.
> I dont understnd the nwhy you placed punctuations mixed beteen letters on
> the left part and the media row, I would have kept them to the rightmost
> part (colon/semicolon key, and single/double quotes key.
> Now if users will try to use both hands, then your left/right separation
> does not work so well
> And the letter C is evidently badly placed, more difficult to reach than
> the letters J Z V B (for English this C keys at least should be shifted
> to the middle; where it would also be more accessible for one-hand typists,
> or one-finger typists)
> 2015-01-25 22:54 GMT+01:00 Robert Wheelock <rwhlk142 at>:
>> Hello!
>> I came up with a BRAND-NEW keyboard layout designed to make typing
>> easier——named the IEAOU (ee-eh-ah-oh-oo) System—based on letter frequencies.
>> The letters in the new IEAOU layout are arranged as follows:
>> (TOP):  Digits / Punctuation / Accents
>> (MEDIAL):  Q Y <:|;> W <"|'> L N D T S H <+|=> <\|!>
>> (HOME):  X K G F <´|`> P I E A O U
>> (BOTTOM):  C J Z V B M R <<|,> <>|.> <?|/>
>> Please respond to air what you’d think of it.  Thank You!
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