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Originally Posted by Tony_VN;12552181 
If you use Colemak/Dvorak, you can use it anywhere that has a normal keyboard.

If you use Maltron, which has its own keyboard layout, you have to re-learn touch type on that again, and this process will takes at least 2 months. You will have to bring it to anywhere with you.

My experience doesn't quite accord with that. I taught myself Maltron in about 6 weeks, working at home on an Apple II. (I'd learned QWERTY in 1967). However, I was a "temp" legal secretary and had to go to different offices for assignments, using their QWERTY keyboards on the IBM clones. But once I got my own IBM clone, in about 1989 or thereabouts, I simply returned the keyboard to the UK and they modified it accordingly, and I started taking it with me. It raised a couple of eyebrows initially, but once they understood what it was about, there was no fuss.

When I began training as a court reporter, the contractor I worked with used HP computers (this was 1990) and my keyboard wouldn't fit, so I went back to using their QWERTY until they bought '286 IBMs and I was able to bring my own keyboard again. I then bought a second Maltron, and left my original in the office to save me carrying it back and forth.

I can still use a QWERTY, even after 25 years, but not as speedily as previously, simply because of lack of practice, not clashing with Maltron.

I go to orchestral concerts and quite often I see musicians, such as percussionists and woodwind, will change instruments in mid-performance. And playing music is far more complex than typing.

A couple of weeks ago I bought a single hand keyboard (Maltron again) which has yet another different layout, designed to maximise performance with a single hand, while reducing work. In about an hour and a half I was up to 12 wpm (sort of) touch typing audio transcription, although technically you could call me cheating since I was typing in shorthand. biggrin.gif


Even with a blindfold on, as soon as I put my hand(s) on a keyboard, I know which one I'm using because each one has a completely different "feel" whereas if I was moving from QWERTY to DVORAK or COLEMAK on a flat keyboard, I would probably find it very difficult, which is one reason why I never bothered learning a different layout on a flat keyboard.

Edited by Proword - 2/28/11 at 5:27am