- Jan 20, 2008
Just curious if anyone else types in dvorak...
Interestingly, it wasn't hard to learn.. I mastered it and was back up to my QWERTY typing speed in about two months. I was surprised. I started out learning QWERTY by the hunt-and-peck method, but dvorak pretty much forces you to learn to touch type since all the vowels are on the home row of your left hand and all the most commonly used consonants are on the home row of your right hand.nope, I think after like 10+ years of typing on qwerty I'd go nuts learning a new layout
It's not even so much a matter of tying speed, but mostly typing comfort... In dvorak, all the most commonly used letters are right next to eachother, right under the natural placement of your fingers... It's optimized for the english language, to make your fingers move as little as possible. I used to have carpal tunnel syndrome from my poor typing habits in QWERTY, but since I've switched to dvorak I can type literally all day and my wrists never get sore. Granted, I can now type 65wpm when in qwerty I could only do 30 or so, and sure, the worlds fastest typist uses dvorak, but still the comfort of using it was the big thing for me.I can get 65WPM if there's no numbers, and the text is relatively easy. Usually I type at around 45WPM. CBF learning Devorak.
Yeah, actually typing code can be somewhat awkward.. Dvorak is optimized English dictionary words... A lot of function names etc don't follow English letter frequencies. Still no worse than QWERTY though.Supposedly your querty habits can be overcome quite rapidly, even if its years of experience. I think the transition period would be difficult though, as i type intensively every day for work as well.
Also, switching back and forth when using clients, friends etc systems would be pretty bothersome.
I guess it depends on what you type if it has much use too - most things i type are either email correspondence or program code, and the latter is not limited by typing speed in any way.