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Re: OT: Dvorak (was Re: Tonguebreaker)

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 6, 2001, 21:09
On Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at 01:08 , Tristan Alexander McLeay wrote:

> At 05.44 a.m. 6.11.2001 +0000, D Tse wrote: >> I've been meaning to learn Dvorak one day but I don't have key layout >> stickers or anything that would be useful. > > I don't have stickers on my keyboard. One of the points of Dvorak is to > assist touchtyping, so you don't need to bother looking at the keyboard. > It's rather disconcerting to look at what you're typing, tho. It becomes > instinctive; you cannot think about it any at all (even moreso than with > qwerty, because as soon as you think about it, you've got no idea what's > what. 'Why on earch am I typing "G" to get an "I"?'). I imagine with a > dvorak-labelled keyboard ($A149 from a Retravision in WA for a > 'Dvortyboard') it'd be different, tho. >
<laugh> There are also typing tutor programs--one freeware one I downloaded for Windows a while back actually gave you an on-the-monitor "keyboard" that would show you the keys and what you'd just typed, so while you're in that program at least, you can avoid looking at the keyboard altogether. I haven't looked at the keyboard for anything but the function keys (I guess I haven't played enough computer games for those to become instinctive) since 5th grade (I learned touch-typing in 4th and 5th grade) . "Special" characters used to give me trouble until I did some programming in C/Java. That cured *that* prejudice right quick. <G> (C/ C++ is a keyboarding workout in itself, even if you have no clue what the code actually does.)
> One of the problems of dvorak is that 'most people' have problems using a > qwerty keyboard afterwards. I'm slowly regaining qwerty skills, but I'm a > lot slower (for, say, using on an opac at a library) than before. (I'd say > about ten words per minute with the odd look.) >
<nod> Yeah--I'm interested in learning, but I'm worried about that (since when we're in the same geographical region I use my fiance's computer for Windows apps, and *he* ain't gonna learn Dvorak) plus loss of typing speed.
> Although I must say that I like dvorak. Before dvorak, it was a completely > valid observation to say 'you'd type faster if you didn't type so fast', > but now, mistakes only happen in memorised regular sequences, like > 'Tristan' or my password, and there it's only a case of 'Tristna' or > similar. > > Tristan (isn't forcing dvorak onto the world, he just likes what he uses > and uses what he likes)
That's cool. :-) I like the idea, and I found it easy to get used to when I tried it for a week. Right now I have too many papers to write for my classes to justify going down to 10/20 wpm while learning a new keyboard layout. <sigh> Perhaps this coming'd be a great way of totally confusing people who tried to use my computer. ^_^ Yoon Ha Lee [] The grass is always greener on the other side of the timeline.--Alex Kay