Comments on: Learning Dvorak https://pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/ Linux. GNU. Freedom. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:20:48 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0-alpha-42199 By: ben kruger https://pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-110538 Sat, 05 Dec 2009 03:27:46 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-110538 QWERTY: You have a finger resting on a semi-colon, but you have to reach for the "E" (the most commonly used letter in the English language.

'Nuff said.

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By: ron velzeboer https://pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-68864 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 18:17:18 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-68864 This is one of my first texts writen in dvorak on my TypeMatrix keyboard. You should check this one out!

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By: Aaron Toponce » Blog Archives » Final Dvorak Update https://pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-19082 Mon, 27 Nov 2006 15:09:53 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-19082 [...] It’s been almost a year since I decided to begin learning the Dvorak layout, and just over six months since switching entirely. I thought I would post one last update about my progress and observations on typing with the Dvorak layout. [...]

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By: Darin https://pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-76 Sat, 18 Feb 2006 00:27:25 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-76 You stated: "I have a list of over 5,000 words that can be typed on the home row alone, if you’re interested. "
I would like a copy of that list, please.

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By: Aaron https://pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-26 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 03:11:57 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-26 Ahh. Good call. I figured that a great majority of the stats were skewed, but I reported them nonetheless. Making the conversion has been quite painful actually as my typing in Dvorak only sits around 10-15 words per minute thus far, and I have a massive headache. Normally on QWERTY, I can type around 70-75 wpm, so we will have to see. Maybe I should report my progress on the blog.

I don't necessarily think that Dvorak was just trying to promote his keyboard to come out ahead. The layout of the keyboard can have a profound effect on your speed. By placing the letters in the positions that they are on the Dvorak keyboard, you naturally provide a number of benifits such as finger rolls, alternations, reduced trasversing across rows and high frequency impact. Thus, a great deal of your speed does infact happen between your fingers and the keyboard. But ultimately, as with anything, the speed will depend on your willingness and determination.

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By: Joey Day https://pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-24 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 01:22:54 +0000 http://www.pthree.org/2006/01/13/learning-dvorak/#comment-24 Aaron, I don't know if you know this or not, but I'm a Dvorak typist myself. In fact, I did a study on Dvorak and wrote a research paper about it for a college writing class back in 2002. Unfortunately, my research concluded that many of the claims made by Dvorak proponents are exaggerated. I actually checked out a copy of Dvorak's book, and it reads like an infomercial! The studies that went into the design of his keyboard were certainly scientific and I believe it's a superior design, but many of the case studies Dvorak did to assess the benefits of his keyboard weren't very scientific at all, but were designed to make his keyboard come out ahead.

In fact, my own typing speed increased by only about 5 WPM after the switch. It's a fun conversation piece, and I certainly don't want to discourage you from making the switch, but I would caution you against expecting a substantial speed increase. When it comes to typing, I believe the real speed happens between your brain and your fingers, not between your fingers and the keyboard. Thus, even the most superiorly designed keyboard doesn't do much to increase typing speed.

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