OT: keyboard layouts

William Park opengeometry-FFYn/CNdgSA at public.gmane.org
Sat Dec 13 05:35:41 UTC 2003

On Fri, Dec 12, 2003 at 11:41:26PM -0500, Peter Hiscocks wrote:
> Personally, it's my opinion that it's gotta be easier on the hands to have
> the commonly used consonants and vowels in the home row. In Querty, the 'e'
> is on the top row, where you have to reach for it. Apparently IBM used to
> sponsor typing speed contests to promote their typewriters. One of Dvorak's
> claims was that IBM did not want to have to produce two layouts, so they
> opposed the Dvorak layout. When Dvorak typists began to clean up in the
> contests, IBM dropped their sponsorship. It would be interesting to
> have a modern-day speed contest between an expert Querty and Dvorak typist
> and see if there really is a consistent speed difference.

Typing English essay and typing computer program are a little different.
Also, Dvorak doesn't work for Vi users.  Since I'm hardcore vi-guy (even
my shell commandline is vi-mode), I'm stuck with Qwerty.

William Park, Open Geometry Consulting, <opengeometry-FFYn/CNdgSA at public.gmane.org>
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