Industry

Industry keyboard layout

Earlier this year, I designed a keyboard layout called Industry. I wanted to try to learn an alternative layout like Dvorak or Workman, but soon after starting Dvorak, I realized it wasn’t going to work. There are a lot flaws in the layout in my opinion, such as:

The first two flaws are addressed by other popular alternative keyboard layouts, such as Workman. The third is addressed by Programmer Dvorak. I was not able to find a keyboard layout that addressed the fourth flaw to my liking, although it is arguably a flaw in the physical keyboard layout. Regardless, I will be using the ANSI keyboard on my laptop for the foreseeable future, so I decided to make my own layout. It is called Industry because I like the song “Industry” by King Crimson.

Anyway, Backspace, Enter, and Escape have been moved to the center of the keyboard. Super has replaced Control, and Control has replaced Caps Lock. I don’t plan on frequently using shortcuts that involve Alt because that’s too complicated, so I’ve left Alt where it is. I also only use one Control key. The only shortcut that is hard to type this way is <ctrl-enter>, which is not very common for me which why I put Enter there. Tab has been moved away because I usually am working in a terminal where <ctrl-i> suffices. I’ll get to why Shift and Space have been moved later.

Also, I had issues with Programmer Dvorak, too:

Anyway, all of these issues are addressed with Industry:

Some other comments about Industry:

Failed Ideas

Note: When I say “too complex” below, I mean that the idea makes the act of typing too complicated to become muscle memory, and is thus impractical, at least for me.

Was it worth it?

For pure practicality, probably not. Currently, I type as fast with Industry as I did with QWERTY at least for prose. Maybe there are some benefits, but I haven’t noticed any related to speed. Three benefits I have noticed: