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(CHAT/OT) Left-handed '6'

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Monday, April 22, 2002, 13:17
--- Amanda wrote:

> Logically, it would seem to, but touch-typing puts the '6' on the right > index finger (4 and 5 on the left index finger, 6 and 7 on the right). > The whole keyboard is divided for touch-typing by a slanting line that > starts between the 5 and 6 and ends between the b and n. (Ridiculous > backward compatibility with typewriters that couldn't have keys right on > top of each other...)
That's funny, I'm not a bad typist as well, even a rather quick one (about 90 WPM), and I have always typed the 6 with left; it never even occurred to me that it can be done with right as well. But you are right, it is possible, though not very convenient in my feeling. Perhaps because I followed a typing course already twenty years ago on an ordinary typewriter, perhaps because I am left-handed, and my left hand is faster than my right hand... Who knows? Looking at my keyboard, I see that the line between "6" and "7" corresponds more or less with the line between "b" and "n".
> (I touch-type in Dvorak better than Qwerty, but I'd set my keyboard back > to Qwerty that day so that when I had to hunt-and-peck, I could remember > where the keys were... :)
Dvorak? Sounds like a composer to me :) I have incidentally worked with other keyboards (like the - to a Dutch person - rather irritating French/Belgian AZERTY- thing, the - again to a Dutch person - bad habit have "z" in place of "y" and vice versa, and the completely different Russian and Greek keyboards). But I have never heard of Dvorak. Sounds inconvenient, though ;) Jan
> Amanda
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