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Chris Jester-Young
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@Sigivald: I'm a Dvorak typist, but I try to take a more nuanced approach for keyboard recommendations. If I were setting up a typing class at school for kids who are new to typing, I'd make a strong case for setting up the whole computer room to use Dvorak. That is because I do believe that Dvorak is easier to learn if you aren't already a skilled typist. (For starters, you can do home-row exercises using real words.) But for people who are already skilled in their layout (100+ wpm, no matter what layout they're using), there's no reason to switch, unless they particularly wanted to. The retraining will take time, and in my opinion, the real gain comes if you struggled on qwerty, not if you're already good at it. (Back when I switched, 7 years ago, I was one of the fastest qwerty typists at work. I switched because I was bored and needed something to keep my brain active. Sadly I didn't record my typing speed before the switch, so I cannot meaningfully decide if switching improved my speed significantly.) Of course, that reflects my view that people who know what they're doing should be free to do what they want---if they're comfortable with qwerty, then they should feel free to keep using it. Personally, for myself, I have the same opinion of qwerty as I do of Apple*, and so it's extremely unlikely that I'll ever switch back. * I strongly dislike both, but I don't judge people who use either or both. Hey, there are people who strongly dislike Dvorak, Linux, and Android; that shouldn't make me a better or worse person in their eyes, either.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
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@Ronald: Ooh, what changes to Dvorak have you in mind? I'd love to see changes would make it a better keyboard for a broad range of users, and not just programmers, for example. :-) To me, seeing Dvorak succeed is very important. I liken it to Firefox vs Internet Explorer---the success of Firefox in chipping away at Internet Explorer's market dominance in recent years was very heartening, and anything we can do to help Dvorak do the same against qwerty is well worth it.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
@Pixelbart: Although I won't miss Caps Lock (I never use it), I use Insert a lot and would miss it terribly. Not because I ever use overstrike mode (I don't), but because I use it for copying (Ctrl-Ins) and pasting (Shift-Ins). To me, any keyboard that lacks an Insert key in a readily-accessible location is broken. (And no, I never use ^X, ^C, or ^V for cutting and pasting. On Dvorak, those keys are in somewhat awkward (and definitely non-adjacent) locations.)
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
Agree with poster #2 about natural/ergonomic keyboards. I would absolutely use one over _any_ straight-line keyboards. I have a Microsoft Natural 4000, and love it love it love it. The no-keycaps Das Keyboard is actually really useful for visual people who dislike qwerty. My wife, for example, types in Dvorak (as I do), but seeing keys with qwerty keycaps seriously confuses her, so on her laptop, she actually pulled out the keys and swapped them around to be Dvorak layout. With a no-keycaps keyboard, you won't even have to bother. (She can touch-type well enough, so, not having the keycaps is no impediment.) I on the other hand, aren't quite so visual, so I can easily disregard the keycaps. In that regard, I have more options as far as which keyboards to pick. :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
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