Michael Sampson is trying to switch to the Dvorak keyboard. The Dvorak keyboard is arranged differently to help you type faster and with less finger movement. While the advantages sound promising, I have never quite understood why you’d want to switch to the Dvorak keyboard if you are already proficient at QWERTY.
I type somewhere between 50 to 75 words pre minute, but it is very rare for me to type at those speeds because I usually spend more time thinking about what I’m writing than I do actually writing. Maybe I just think slower than most people
The basis for most of the claims of Dvorak’s keyboard was done for the Navy in 1944. However, it appears that the report is fairly difficult to locate and people who have actually looked into it found the methodology to be questionable.
Even if it was clear that the Dvorak keyboard was superior in 1944, you have to consider the way typing has changed in the past 50 years. The way we use a keyboard today is significantly different than the way it was used half a century ago. .
I can see the advantage of the Dvorak keyboard if you are simply doing transcription or copying text. Back when it was invented, word processors didn’t exist, so there was a lot of mind numbing retyping of documents in order to fix errors. With word processors, this isn’t as much of an issue because you don’t have to retype an entire document to make a bunch of small edits.
Has anyone tried using the Dvorak keyboard? What were your results?