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Using tap dance for advanced mod-tap and layer-tap keys

Tap dance can be used to emulate MT() and LT() behavior when the tapped code is not a basic keycode. This is useful to send tapped keycodes that normally require Shift, such as parentheses or curly braces—or other modified keycodes, such as Control + X.

Below your layers and custom keycodes, add the following:

// tapdance keycodes
enum td_keycodes {
  ALT_OP // Our example key: `LALT` when held, `(` when tapped. Add additional keycodes for each tapdance.

An introduction to alternative keyboard layouts

This is a post to satisfy your curiosity about alternative keyboard layouts, why some people use them, and whether they're for you. It is intended to discuss the topic in broad terms, but I will share my personal preferences towards the end. Due to time constraints and my own limited knowledge, I will focus on layouts optimized for the English language (ANSI variants, with an occasional nod to ISO).

First off, it's important to understand how much debate there is about how we got here: I will not even attempt to settle the issue of who invented the 'first' typewriter layout, because the modern device had many predecessors going back centuries. The usual legend of typewriter evolution holds that American Christopher Latham Sholes debuted the typewriter in 1868 with a 2-row layout that was (nearly) alphabetical. A horizontal stagger between the rows made room for the lever arms attached to each key:

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Minidox keymap

This gist is no longer up to date. You can see my current keymap in the main QMK repo.


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