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Re: OT: Dvorak (was Re: Tonguebreaker)

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 7, 2001, 0:19
From: "Keith Gaughan" <kmgaughan@...>
> At 14:14 06/11/01 -0500, nd003k wrote: > > > Tristan (isn't forcing dvorak onto the world, he just > > > likes what he uses > > > and uses what he likes) > > > >hmmmmmmmmmm... could someone explain to me what the > >difference between a qwerty and a dvorak keyboard is?
Well, the key layout for one. Qwerty is so called because the top left keys spell "qwerty". Dvorak can be recognized by how the home left keys spell "aoeui". You can read more here:
> Qwerty keyboards were invented back in the days of the manual typewriter. > The design was optimised to stop the hammers from sticking when one typed > certain common letter combinations together. > > Dvorak keyboards had a different imperative: make typing fast. To do this, > the layout was designed to keep as many of the commonly used keys in the > home row and lay them out in such a way that you could rapidly type common > letter combinations.
Actually the design goal wasn't speed, although it's a common conception. I'm still not sure if there are any unbiased studies proving it's speedier. *Muke!