The Woodpecker Makery's ZeLDA Layout for Planck Keyboards
The ZeLDA (Zero-Look-Down Access) Layout is a minimalist approach to keyboarding. The philsophy is that you should never have to reach farther than one adjacent key. It's still a QWERTY, but seriously improved.
It is built completely on open source, leveraging the QMK Firmware Toolkit.
Compared to a traditional keyboard, ZeLDA offers the following improvements:
- minimal reaching for any key for more comfort
- unstaggered grid layout (avoid twisted hands)
- a conservative spacebar: seven thumb-reachable keys! (vs 3)
- high quality keys -- it's mechanical!
- tiny desktop footprint
- symmetry (all modifiers are on both hands)
- 2-keys-for-1-finger modifier combos (with proper caps)
- easy chording
- trivial "sixth finger" palming
See the Getting Started Guide for more details.
Get yourself a Planck (or use something like QWERKey with xmodmap/xcape)
Install the QMK prerequisites.
git clone QMK.
cd qmk_firmware/keyboards/planck/keymaps/and clone this repo
sudo make CONSOLE_ENABLE=yes debug_enable=true dfu
keymap.cto your heart's content
xtweak.shto enable parens on thumbs
Use with TWMs
i3config file has been provided as a starting point for
configuring i3. Its mappings correspond to the diagram.
- Full 104-key functionality rolled into 45 keys
- Custom switches of your choosing
- Two-key-per-finger combos
- Redundant mappings
- Lazy mappings for right-hand only work (left-hand rest)
- Dual-mode keys: hold or tap
- Mnemonics for symbol keys
- More symbols not needing Shift or other modifier
- Symmetric, comfortable modifiers: Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Super
- All four modifiers neatly organized on pinkies
- Tiny spacebar for more thumb keys
- Ortholinear to remove crazy staggered and twisted hands
- Smarter one-hand numpad
- 789 numpad on top
- OR, 123 on top for easier reach of higher frequency keys (Benford's Law)
- opposite of Lower key
- Friendly to Tiling Window Managers (TWM)
- Easy transition to/from qwerty
- "Palm" keys: combinable (you should make them tall and soft)
- Everything scrunched for easy reaching (Ergo!)
- Everything programmable; instructions for uploading custom mappings
- Four default key map modes built in (cycle through with hotkey combo)
- Intuitive layers
- Key combo shortcuts optimized for web browsers and programming editors
- Cheat sheet on back (future)
- Standard Cherry style replaceable keys
- Anki picture-cards for memorizing finger combos (future)
- All keychords can be one-handed
- How-to usage videos (future)
- Works well with Firefox mouseless browsing plugin
Copyright © 2017 Woodpecker Makery (WPM) LLC
Distributed under GPLv2/v3, same as QMK Firmware.