I've been using computers for 20 years, and I still haven't found the ideal key combination for switching keyboard layouts.
I've tried so many combinations, including adding a dedicated second keyboard for a particular layout.
The main problem is mixed text, where I find myself changing layouts every other word...
@rzg I don't 100% understand what you mean by switching layouts, but, i use an Ergodox EZ keyboard which is powered by QMK firmware, which allows me to set layers for different layouts and toggle them on/off or "hold key to temporarily enable".
An example would be, I have arrow keys mapped to HJKL on a specific layer, and so I just hold a key on my left hand and HJKL turns into the arrow keys.
QMK is open source and a lot of mech keyboards use this firmware.
@ecliptik Space hold down is a great idea, that would free up another key for me to use for something else.
Here's my layout if you're interested: https://configure.ergodox-ez.com/ergodox-ez/layouts/XE5Vg/latest/1
The interesting stuff is in TextNav1 layer, which is setup for Mac not Linux, I need to situate that at some point. That layer is for "vim like" keybindings every where there's text.
@Juliusdelta ah nice, I haven't seen the ergodox config before. I've only done QMK directly since I have a couple of boards where I attempt to keep them consistent.
Here's my space-hold and double tap toggle config (TT), https://github.com/ecliptik/qmk_firmware/blob/ecliptik/keyboards/yd60mq/keymaps/ecliptik/keymap.c#L89
What's the problem with ctrl+space? I use it all the time to switch between french and english, which I'm always mixing.
@ghil Yes, I've had super + 1 2 3 4. Ideally, I want each layout a single key. Maybe a 4 key special keyboard :)
Yeah! You could get an independent numpad, those are addressable directly.
You could also get something like a streamdeck, I imagine that would work as well.
There was also some logitech keyboards for gaming with additional macro keys, that would be cool :D
@rzg I only write in two languages (swedish and english), but I see no reason to switch to another layout since I can access every letter on both layouts.
Or are you typing russian and/or kanji or something like that?
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