Computer keyboards have not changed much over the years. Standard keyboards of today come in either ANSI or ISO layouts, inspired by typewriters invented in the 1870s, where keys had to be staggered to leave space for the levers. This staggered layout is unnatural, however, for human hands, especially for the left hand where the slant of the keys goes against the natural movement of the fingers. While a few attempts have been made to design ortho-linear keyboards that align the keys in a straight line from front to back (such as Typematrix 2030, Kinesis Advantage, Truly Ergonomic 207/209 and Ergodox), the Nexus keyboard designed by Geekhack forumer AcidFire could be the best attempt so far in re-designing the keyboard.
I swapped the keys on my Macbook Pro to the Norman layout, to aid in my learning and to not confuse my wife when she needs to use my MBP. It was a simple procedure that took only 15 minutes with a mini flathead screwdriver.
Yesterday, I started on a new adventure in the way I use computers. I decided to learn to type using the Norman Layout.