Some of you have told us that we're doing it wrong, because the "6" key should really be on the right keyboard half, not on the left. In reality, the situation is more complicated than that.

For US people, it's a natural assumption because they're taught to press the "6" key with the right index finger, but not all countries are created equal. For example, in Hungary, we're taught to press "6" with our left index finger. Go figure!

Let's investigate this issue from an ergonomic standpoint. On the following picture, the keys of the home row on which our fingers reside are painted in red. There's a bright red line exactly between the left and right block of these keys. The "6" key is painted blue. As you can see the bright red line is rightwards of the center of the "6" key which means that given its position, it should be more ergonomic to press it with the left hand.

'6' key ergonomics

Now let's take a look from an aesthetic standpoint. Here's the actual UHK layout where the "6" key is on the left keyboard half.

symmetric version

And here's the alternate layout where the "6" key is featured on the right keyboard half.

asymmetric version

It's apparent that the former layout is way more symmetric.

Of course, there's a lot more to this. You're welcome to read the relevant thread on Deskthority which I started a while back when thinking about this issue. Those folks know a thing or two about the ergonomics and history of keyboards.