Dvorak(was Possible huge business)

Dan Hook (dhook@andrew.cmu.edu)
Wed, 2 Jun 1999 22:43:27 -0400 (EDT)

Spike Jones wrote:


> How difficult was it for you to adapt to the Dvorak keyboard? Im
> considering experimenting with it as a means of reducing wrist
> strain. {8-] spike

I learned to type on a dvorak layout (before qwerty) and found it rather easy. The keyboard I used was a qwerty so I has to learn to type without looking at the keys. Opinions vary as to whether this helps or hinders learning.

Since going to college I switched to qwerty because of the large amount of time spent at public machines. That was annoying. I typed faster using the dvorak keyboard than I do with the qwerty, but I also did a lot more typing using dvorak than I have done with qwerty. My fingers also have to move a lot more, but that is a well documented side effect of qwerty.

Dan Hook
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