OT: Keyworking


The subject of the Dvorak keyboard has been brought up in this group four times in the last three years. Thought this might be of some interest as in addition to working wood, posters here work a keyboard.
Aset keyboard It has been said that the most common letters were taken off the home row of the first typewriter keyboard to slow down the typist and prevent jamming. On a Dvorak keyboard almost sixty percent of average text is typed from the home keys. Transposing the letters 'etni' with 'dfjk' would put more than 55% of text on the home keys, up from only 26% on the qwerty layout. Thats more than twice the text typed without lifting a finger.
The change is quite pleasant and easy to learn. I hope you will pass this on.
To put e, t, n and i back where they belong, there is a keyboard remapping program that is free, downloads quickly and is very easy to use. I am typing this post on a keyboard remapped to the 'etni' transposition layout. The program is called 'Keytweak 2.11' and can be googled up by that name. It is available from several sites, including PC magazine and recommended by several keyboard manufacturers, including TypeMatrix. The creator of the program is Travis Krumsick.
1) After you have loaded the program click start. 2) Click the "KeyTweak" icon and a graphic of a keyboard will appear. 3) Click the "Full Teach Mode" at the bottom of the screen. 4) A box will appear. Click "Begin Teach Mode". 5) Press the key you want to reassign, then the key you want it reassigned to, in this case D to E. 6) Click "Remap Key#1 to Key#2" 7) The box will disappear and the scancodes of the keys will appear in the "Pending Changes" window at the bottom right. 8) Follow the same procedure (from 3) for E to D, and the remaining six remaps. 9) Click "Apply" and you will be asked if you want to turn off the computer to apply the changes. At the top there is also a clickable "Restore Defaults" to give you back your qwerty layout. I was able to remap in under three minutes and restore qwerty in thirty seconds, not including the restart.
You can try out the sample lines of text below to discover that your fingers already know where etni should go.
nineteen lean little saints settle in a nest jkjdfddj ldaj lkffld askjfs sdffld kj jdsf
an alien eats an ant antenna in atlanta aj alkdj dafs aj ajf ajfdjja kj aflajfa
elite sense entails a siesta in a satin seat dlkfd sdjsd djfakls a skdsfa kj a safkj sdaf
a stain is seen at a linen sale a sfakj ks sddj af a lkjdj sald
a latent latin talent tast tests in seattle a lafdjf lafkj faldjf fasf fdsfs kj sdaffld
insane santa sails in sea salt kjsajd sajfa sakls kj sda salf Many thanks,
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Good idea for someone just learning to type. I've been doing it for 45 years and I'm not going to take the time to make a change now. Some days lifting my fingers is the most exercise I get.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

I had been using qwerty for decades and I found the change fairly easy to adopt. I have a problen with often transposing l and o as well. When I first started, lifting my fingers for dfjk seemed to take enormous effort. I have read some posters who suggest that Dvorak should be the early learning layout, and others who warn against it as in will cripple their ability to use any other computer provided by a library or school. I think keeping it close to qwerty, keeping the letters under the same fingers, makes it a reasonable alternative for long time qwerty users who just want a more comfortable keyboard, but if you need the exercise... Thanks for your post
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