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I'm pretty sure that (a) the "evidence" of my own typing experience is purely anecdotal, and (b) the plural of anecdote is not "data."
Personally, I think it's fantastic that the Dvorak works better for you. Heck, it might work better for me! This is completely irrelevant to whether the original studies were bogus.
From: John Allred
Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 10:59 AM
To: 'David Crosswell'; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: keyboard recommendations?
I've seen the DVORAK keyboard conversation come up several times over the years, but I never bothered to try it out till now. Windows allows you to set it up so that you can select DVORAK or QWERTY on an app by app basis from a desktop icon. It took me about ten minutes to figure out how to set it up.
I placed a map of the keyboard on my desktop for reference and began typing random sentences. My first response is WOW! My fingers barely had to move from the home keys. Having all the vowels under one hand on the home keys is brilliant. Anyone who has claimed efficiency studies for DVORAK are bogus is just determined to refuse the evidence of their senses. I believe I could learn this layout in far fewer hours than the 52 or so that I saw estimated.
Once you set it up, you can select the new layout at will. I urge you Whrlrs to give it a try for yourself. Why not approach it as a documentation project?
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