a new daily driver applying the Planck BEAKL layout to the Splitography keyboard.
Most notable is the wide layout approach, retained from the Planck, even though this is a split keyboard, to favour a more open thumb position..
splitography beakl 8
the home row modifiers facilitate chords and make this layout work..
The biggest change – if it can be called that – from the Planck layout is the lack of the Tab and Fn Layer keys on the base layer thumb row for obvious reasons. The Tab key moves to the Shift Layers and the Fn Layer key becomes a toggle layer key which can be held to access the layer while depressed or toggled to raise the layer.
splitography beakl shift layer
symbol navigation layer
The Mouse key controls desktop mouse (pointer) movement and button actions..
the following layers are the switchable layers in addition to the usual momentary Shift, Numeric and Symbol layers above. One handed access to these layers is a convenience I am growing fond of.
Tapping the layer key a second time or, more conveniently, pressing the Escape key, toggles the layer off and returns to the base layer. Tapping an alternate center column key switches immediately to the layer or function (Caps) without need to toggle off the current layer..
numeric keypad layer
Aside from a NumLock or keypad mode, the Space key is now accessible with the freed left thumb.
function key layer
combines the Shift Layer symbol clusters with a few extra freed hand regex characters..
cursor navigation layer
mouse actions layer
matias alps linear
switches are my favorite switches along with the more recent Cherry Silent linear switches. Both are very smooth and internally dampened. The only thing Cherry switches have over the Matias Alps design is keycap selection.
Fortunately, the Splitography steno keycaps are beautifully made. The overall feel with the Matias linear switches satisfy my linear preference. Other than the oddity of the narrower top row keys which takes a bit of getting used to for standard typing (versus steno), the Splitography is rapidly becoming my favourite keyboard for feel and ergonomics.