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Optimize Keyboard Layout for Developers

Optimize Keyboard Layout for Developers


For most people, " is much more frequently used than '.
For most developers,Esc is much more frequently used than Caps Lock.
For programmers of Java/JavaScript/C/C++/C# etc, {/} is more frequently used than [/].

So it's not bad to swap them.



Note the first letter of the file name must be upper case. Ohterwise it does not work after reboot. See more info of xmodmap

xmodmap -pke > ~/.Xmodmap
cp ~/.Xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap.bak
vim ~/.Xmodmap      			
xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap 			

~/.Xmodmap (only modified lines, the 2nd column shift+key)

keycode  34 = braceleft bracketleft braceleft bracketleft
keycode  35 = braceright bracketright braceright bracketright
keycode  48 = quotedbl apostrophe quotedbl apostrophe
keycode 254 =
keycode 255 =

! Swap Caps Lock and Esc
! remove Lock = Caps_Lock
! keysym Escape = Caps_Lock
! keysym Caps_Lock = Escape
! add Lock = Caps_Lock


Use Keytweak and Keyboard Layout Manager.


I used this layout for several years. It's easy to get familiar with it. You can buy sticky paper note and override the chars on these keys.

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