Why You Wont Regret Switching Your Keyboard Layout From QWERTY To Dvorak
Why QWERTY is laid out the way it is? (QWERTY Story)
Typewriter was a mechanical device in which pressing a key would cause a bar to strike against the paper through an inked ribbon. But there was a problem in the machine. If you typed too fast the bars corresponding to different keys would collide with each other and thereby would jam the machine. Sholes(The designer of QWERTY) found out an easy remedy for this. He simply placed the most commonly used letters in hard to reach positions. And the QWERTY layout was introduced for the type writers. Those typewriters got so popular that even after the invention of electronic typewriters, the Sholes’ layout had to be followed as such because people had got used to it. That is how this layout became a universally accepted standard for keyboard.
Risk of using QWERTY (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
My experience with Dvorak.
I am also amazed at my finger movements after making the switch. It’s so less! All my fingers are at the same place and my words flow. Highly used letters are in the home row and letters used less frequently are at the bottom rows. So I don’t have to care much about typing because it’s easy, effective and automatic. Switching to Dvorak is the best thing I’ve done after I started using computer. I think everyone should give it a try. It’s not that hard to switch if you have good typing speed in QWERTY. You will not regret switching to Dvorak at all. It’s so convenient and effective that I’m already loving this. It was hard for me at the beginning because I was starting from scratch.
I’m actually planning to extend my typing speed to 100WPM through Dvorak. I tried that with QWERTY but was hard. It should be relatively easy with Dvorak.
I was indeed really surprised at how quickly I could catch up the speed. I am not close to 86WPM but I can be there easily within a month, i.e if I practice regularly. If you are good at QWERTY then you can easily catch up the speed in Dvorak.
My Progress on Dvorak:
November 14:13 WPM, 15 WPM, 14 WPM, 13 WPM, 16 WPM, 14 WPM
November 15: 15 WPM, 15 WPM, 16 WPM, 16 WPM
Should You Switch to Dvorak?
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect. -Mark Twain (Tweet This!)
If you use public computers or have to work on shared computer and concerned about it then you don’t need to worry. You can change any computer’s keyboard layout to Dvorak temporarily. It’s easy once you learn. Check this article on how to switch your computer or laptop to Dvorak easily.
After your muscle memory is familiar with Dvorak you can try any typing tutor, even those designed for QWERTY.
That’s not it. You will also join the domain of great and famous Dvorak users like Bram Cohen (inventor of BitTorrent), Matt Mullenweg (lead developer of the WordPress software that powers this website), Terry Goodkind (author of The Sword of Truth) and Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computer).