The Engineer Guy on why the Dvorak keyboard failed.

Being a professional computer technician in general, and a blogger in particular, I spend a lot of time with my hands on a keyboard. Specifically a QWERTY keyboard. I taught myself to type quickly using a minimum of fingers long before I had a proper typing class in high school and, to this day, I still tend to type using a mish-mash of proper and improper techniques that looks bizarre to anyone who watches me type.

I have always used QWERTY keyboards and even though I’ve seen a Dvorak keyboard once or twice in my lifetime, I’ve never tried to use one myself. It’s always been a curiosity that you occasionally hear mythical tales about how much better it supposedly is over QWERTY, but seeing as QWERTY works fine for me I’ve never felt the need to try one. Which brings us to this interesting video by The Engineer Guy who talks about the Dvorak keyboard and the myths surrounding it:

I have to say that a 5% improvement in typing speed wouldn’t be enough for me to make the switch. My blogging is probably the most typing I’ll tend to do in a day and my speed is already faster than my thoughts can keep up with most of the time so being 5% faster wouldn’t really benefit my output any. Plus there’s the hassle of learning an entirely new keyboard layout when I am, fundamentally, a lazy person. Still, I found the video interesting and thought I’d share it with you in case you might as well.

2 thoughts on “The Engineer Guy on why the Dvorak keyboard failed.

  1. Being a two finger typist (I forgot my typing class several years ago ) I agree –learning a new keyboard isn’t worth it.

  2. Am somewhat biased here – have used Dvorak since 1976, when getting it required a 10% surcharge for a special-order typewriter*. Took me a month to get to better speed than 10 years practice on Qwerty.

    But most of all, Dvorak is much easier on the hands and much faster – like using a sharp knife instead of a dull blade, driving a sports car instead of a rental truck.

    *A Smith-Corona portable electric, $150 (stardard $135), with the hot new cartridge-ribbon tech (push button, replace ribbon cartridge with correction whiteout or different color or carbon film – No Dirty Hands)

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