Some of you told us that you want an ISO version of the UHK so we've sent out a survey and received a whopping 1,372 responses over one week! Wow! It's truly exciting to see such an awesome, active community and let me just take the opportunity to thank every one of you for participating. We think that we learned quite a bit so let us share the questions, the responses, what we learned and the road ahead.
There was a text box at the end of the survey where you could enter your suggestions so let's start by addressing the 10 most popular ones.
- Swap Control and Super for God's sake! – Fair enough. I intentionally diverged from the standard layout to make Control easier to reach but let's stick to the conventional layout then. It'll be updated on our site.
- I want to map Control or Esc to Caps Lock. – No problem, it's perfectly possible.
- I want blank keycaps – We'll provide a blank version.
- I'd like ortholinear / columnar layout. – I'm personally intrigued about columnar layouts and it can happen in the future but not anytime soon.
- A tilt stand would be nice for ergonomic purposes. – Indeed and we plan to make this a stretch goal of our campaign!
- I want a separate numeric pad. – We don't plan to offer any but you should be able to buy one from other manufacturers.
- Provide a Mac layout. – We will provide custom labels for Mac / Windows-specific keys.
- Please support Linux! – Given that our primary development platform is Linux we already support it.
- I need the AltGr key. – It's the same as the right Alt.
- What is this Super key? – Same as the Windows key.
It's important to note that question 2 and 3 were only visible to those who choose the ISO layout in question 1.
Question 1: Which layout do you prefer?
ANSI layout (featuring a bar shaped Enter key)
ISO layout (featuring an L shaped Enter key and an extra key next to the Left Shift key)
Question 2: Regarding the Enter key…
I'm fine with the ANSI Enter key despite being an ISO user.
I'd prefer a small ISO Enter key.
Only a full sized ISO Enter key works for me. (Please note that this would make the keyboard wider, more asymmetric and increase development time substantially.)
Question 3: Regarding the ISO key (the extra key next to the Left Shift key)…
I don't need a dedicated ISO key. I'd rather map Mod+Z (or some other shortcut) to the ISO key.
I need a dedicated ISO key.
The above chart was filled out by all the 1,372 of the participants and the ISO-specific answers below were filled out by 450.
Why do people spare the ISO key so easily?
We expected those who choose the ISO layout to heavily insist to have a dedicated ISO key but oddly most of you choose the "Without ISO key" option. This clearly begs for some explanation so in order to gain a deeper understanding we looked into the keyboard layouts of various countries. As it turns out there are 3 main categories of country-specific ISO layouts regarding the ISO keys.