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@Sigivald: I said in my first post that it's not so much about speed as efficiency, and in my second post I said there are fast Qwerty and Dvorak typists (and plenty of slow ones in each camp, too). Yes, my personal preference is now Dvorak. And of course the fact that the current record holder uses Dvorak doesn't prove anything, but it is something to consider. There are some facts about Dvorak which are indisputable: - you spend twice as much time on the home row - this reduces finger movement and strain - you alternate hands more (this is an ergonomic improvement) - it is easier to learn because it is more logical and there are so many common words you can practice right from the very first lesson I'm not trying to convert you, I couldn't care less if you love Qwerty, or if you type twice as fast as me, or earn ten times as much. But, I think it's unwise to call the benefits of Dvorak a myth when there are so many people who swear by it, and you probably haven't tried it yourself for any significant period of time. "The Fable of the Fable" http://dvorak.mwbrooks.com/dissent.html
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
@Sigivald: It's no myth; Dvorak is clearly a better layout. There are fast typists on Qwerty and Dvorak, but as a reasonably fast Qwerty typist, I made the switch and I can feel the difference, and my speed has improved. Barbara Blackburn holds the world record for touch typing, and she uses Dvorak. There are loads of websites out there with facts about the layout, but here's a pretty good summary: http://workawesome.com/productivity/dvorak-keyboard-layout/.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
I understand the appeal of buckling springs, but I'm with Kevdog on this one: TypeMatrix make the best ergonomic keyboards. Any keyboard that has staggered keys can not be called ergonomic; they are simply terrible for your fingers. The latest TypeMatrix keyboard is their third iteration, and it really is a very well thought out layout, almost perfect in my opinion. After 20 years of Qwerty touch-typing, I switched to Dvorak and my speed is up 40%. But it's not so much about speed as efficiency, and Qwerty is horribly inefficient. I take a TypeMatrix keyboard with me if I anticipate having to type away from the office or home. They easily fit in a small bag.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2010 on The Keyboard Cult at Coding Horror
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