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Qwerty vs Dvorak vs Colemak?

Poll Results: Which layout do you use?

 
  • 76% (71)
    Qwerty
  • 11% (11)
    Dvorak
  • 9% (9)
    Colemak
  • 2% (2)
    Other? Please describe
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post #1 of 43
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I'm sure almost all of you at qwerty keyboard typists, as am I but I'm willing to learn a new layout because I keep hearing about their efficiencies vs the qwerty layout. Suggestions? I'm leaning towards the Colemak right now.
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post #2 of 43
What is your ultimate aim in trying to learn a new keyboard format? I would say try both and see which one you like more, people have very different fingers and just like different kind of mechanical switches there isn't any one switch that fits all people.

However, keep in mind that if you use public computers a lot you may run into issues due to conflicting muscle memory.
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post #3 of 43
I have never heard of a single person in the US using anything but QWERTY.
Unless you're going to lug your keyboard and whatnot with you there's not much point in learning it as you'll be handicapped when using the standard QWERTY.
post #4 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pendulum;12821474 
I have never heard of a single person in the US using anything but QWERTY.
Unless you're going to lug your keyboard and whatnot with you there's not much point in learning it as you'll be handicapped when using the standard QWERTY.

Check your windows settings, you can change the way Windows recognizes keys.
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post #5 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pendulum;12821474 
I have never heard of a single person in the US using anything but QWERTY.
Unless you're going to lug your keyboard and whatnot with you there's not much point in learning it as you'll be handicapped when using the standard QWERTY.

I'm currently learning colemak and I'm sure that anybody else that learned it or dvorak can type without looking at the keyboard, so this is essentially a non-issue. Also Windows comes with dvorak already installed as one of the available keyboard layouts but colemak is not. Fortunately, there is a portable program that allows you to type in colemak on any windows computer without the need to install anything.
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post #6 of 43
I learned Dvorak mostly due to boredom but honestly unless you spend a really significant amount of time per day typing the time it takes you to relearn (at least a month of lowered productivity) will never be recovered, also makes you type like a spas when you get on someone else's computer :'(
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post #7 of 43
Human being never ceases to amaze me.

Bejesus, 95% of the world uses Qwerty/Azerty, stick to that, for productivity's sake!
   
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post #8 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Artikbot;12822554 
Human being never ceases to amaze me.

Bejesus, 95% of the world uses Qwerty/Azerty, stick to that, for productivity's sake!

For productivity sake, people should switch to Dvorak or Colemak, they are MUCH better layouts. Hell, qwerty was designed to make you type SLOW. it was designed when typewriters where first invented, they kept jamming, so in order to stop that, they designed qwerty, so people would type slower, and they wouldn't jam. Dvorak and Colemak are made for the exact opposite, so speed you up, and have minimum hand movement, thus reducing chances of getting things like carpel tunnel syndrome. I did a little research on both, and found Colemak to be the better of the two, so that's what I'd go with
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post #9 of 43
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I just realized with other layouts, the game hotkeys would be screwed up, greaaaaaaaaat..
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post #10 of 43
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Originally Posted by turtleslikejohn;12830979 
I just realized with other layouts, the game hotkeys would be screwed up, greaaaaaaaaat..

Oh. Right.

Guess I'm not switching then, I'm too lazy to reset keyboard hotkeys. rolleyes.gif
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