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Poll Results: Which layout do you use?

 
  • 76% (71)
    Qwerty
  • 11% (11)
    Dvorak
  • 9% (9)
    Colemak
  • 2% (2)
    Other? Please describe
93 Total Votes  
post #41 of 43
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Originally Posted by Tony_VN View Post

Alternative layouts don't bring you speed. It brings comfort. You can type longer without being tired.

If you happy with Qwerty, then you should stay with it.


^ THIS

If they bring speed, then great. But that's not the primary reason to switch.

As I stated in my post a long time ago. My reason for changing was because I was getting pain and discomfort in my fingers from prolonged keyboard sessions, which is basically every day. In particular my right index finger would get very sore and stiff, that was happening a couple times a month and it was getting worse over time. I started learning Colemak last january or february... almost a full year now anyway. I can say that during this past year, that pain from using QWERTY has completely vanished. It has not happened even once while typing with Colemak. Not once! I'm typing just as much as before, and I'd say I'm typing about the same speed maybe a bit faster.

Also, you can easily feel the inefficiency of QWERTY once you master a better layout. On the rare occasion that I have to switch to QWERTY, I can still manage I'd say around 50 - 60WPM, and it feels so wrong to type that way. I can really feel the extra distance and the number of finger repeats, and just how illogical are the key placements. Typing fast on Colemak has a much cleaner and more natural "flow" of the fingers. It's only in the second half of this year that I've become fast enough to really be able to feel that.

Before I ever heard of anything else, I thought there was nothing wrong with QWERTY, it felt fast and easy at the time. I'd say you have to master something else before you can physically notice the flaws in QWERTY.
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post #42 of 43
I'm a week or so into my experimental change from qwerty to colmak. I'm up to about 30-35WPM, but some accuracy isn't there. I'm at that awkward state where I still need to use qwerty for programming (about 85WPM), but my brain is now somewhere between both of them. I think this is a little harder than when I learned to type the first time.

How long was it for the rest of you before you could separate the two out?
Edited by hajile - 4/4/14 at 1:00pm
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Originally Posted by hajile View Post

I'm a week or so into my experimental change from qwerty to colmak. I'm up to about 30-35WPM, but some accuracy isn't there. I'm at that awkward state where I still need to use qwerty for programming (about 85WPM), but my brain is now somewhere between both of them. I think this is a little harder than when I learned to type the first time.

How long was it for the rest of you before you could separate the two out?

That is quite normal, it happened to me during switching process and I think it happens to everyone too.

That's how I call "jumping off the layout cliff". Since you keep both layouts during switching, and that worsen both Qwerty and Colemak speed. Eventually you will reach the critical situation when you can't type well in both layouts.

You have to switch to Colemak fully to further improvise and let the new Colemak muscle memory wholly imprinted in your brain. Surely it will be difficult at first and you will cling to glorious Qwerty days.

You cannot cross river with two feet on two different boats. That day will come when you cannot type well in both layouts and your fingers get confused, refuse to improve. Be brave to go all the way and switch to Colemak full time to solidify your muscle memory strength.
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