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Re: OT: Dvorak keyboard layout

From:Muke Tever <mktvr@...>
Date:Sunday, February 2, 2003, 1:52
From: "And Rosta" <a.rosta@...>
> How do you cope with the problem of moving between different physical > keyboards? Even alternating between different qwerty variants is very > very disruptive, and having to alternate between dvorak and qwerty > wd be catastrophic. But being always able to use dvorak wd be Good.
I used to work in a computer lab and use QWERTY there, and have Dvorak at home. There was actually no problem in moving between the physical keyboards: you associate typing at one computer this way, and at the other computer this way. I am trying to think of an analogy. It may be like how the number pads on computers start "789..." but on telephones they are "123...". Or how television channels are assigned to different numbers depending on whether and which cable provider you have. The hard part was for programs on my computer that didnt recognize the Dvorak driver and insisted on QWERTY... It was harder to type QWERTY on my own computer than at the computers I usually typed QWERTY at. Dvorak is easier on the fingers (tho if a longtime QWERTY touch typist your fingers will probably start out sore from the unfamiliar motions) tho a lot of programs and shortcuts are based on the QWERTY layout: C-x = cut, C-y = copy, C-v = paste, that's no accident; some programs use letter keys instead of arrow keys, which makes i j k l = up left down right much, much less simple to use than it is on QWERTY. (Luckily most programs let you reconfigure default keymaps.) I got a new computer recently, and never put Dvorak on it yet. Maybe I'll bother to. *Muke! --