2 weeks ago I wrote a post about Dvorak, the keyboard layout that claims to be faster and easier on the wrists than Qwerty.
While the speed benefits are disputed, the comfort improvements are widely acknowledged [ref]. People use this layout to cure carpal tunnel syndrome.
Personally, I find it more comfortable even though I’m still a novice. Since I type for a living and likely spend a lot of my life on keyboards no matter what, it makes a lot of sense to learn the one that
Getting Up To Speed
My Qwerty speed was 80 words per minute (wpm) before the switch, 85 on a good day.
Today I clocked my Dvorak speed at 40 wpm using the same tester.
That’s 2 weeks to reach 50% of my Qwerty speed. Not bad.
To practice, I found a delightful web-app called Typing Club. The smooth UI and the click-clacking sound of an old typewriter make it genuinely fun.
The typing display shows a Qwerty layout by default, but you can turn it off by clicking the settings button in the top right corner …
…and choosing from the drop-down menu under “Layout”.
I’m not an RSI sufferer, but I have felt a stiffness and very slight pain in my wrists and fingers before. Hopefully, this switch will save me from ever developing a serious, career-threatening injury!
And if I can learn to break the 100 wpm barrier with Dvorak, so much the better! I’d give it two, maybe three months for that. We’ll see!