Re: Iconoclasm

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Fri May 11 2001 - 07:49:46 MDT

From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>

>Like I said, I've heard about the results debunking Dvorak. I
>would not overlook, however, the fact that the debunkers are
>making political hay out of their own results as well; path
>dependency is presently a politically controversial issue. To my
>everlasting regret I failed to set up a before-and-after
>quantitative comparison for my own switch, but the results of the
>alleged debunking simply do not conform to my own experience. I
>would similarly report from my personal experience that the chief
>advantage of the Dvorak keyboard is rhythm and the distance your
>fingers need to travel. I expect that both the Navy results and
>the modern-day anti-path-dependency results were politically
>biased - for example, the report I read focused almost exclusively
>on typing speed, which as stated is not what I found to be the
>chief advantage of Dvorak.

1) It is a well known fact that the QWERTY layout was specifically
designed to minimize the problem of common consecutive keystrokes
locking up a mechanical typewriter. In other words, it has a built
in governor.

2) last time I checked the speed records for typing were held by
persons using Dvorak keyboards.

3) I use a standard QWERTY keyboard because that's what came with
the machine, and I don't type fast enough for it to make a
difference (60 words a minute tops.)


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