Qwerty, Dvorak, Colemak
Thread poster: Samuel Murray

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Nov 23, 2006

G'day everyone

Has anyone tried Colemak yet? Is it really that much better than Dvorak and Qwerty?


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avantix  Identity Verified
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Pain... Nov 23, 2006

Hi Samuel,

To your question: it may have advantages or not. I think it depends on how long you are used to Qwerty.

When I moved from the Netherlands to Germany I had to switch from Qwerty to Azerty, which was/is common German layout. Then I had about 15 years experience with Qwerty and to me it was a pain; it took me months and months until I could type more or less flawless, although there were only a few differences.
After over 10 years I moved back to NL and it took me even longer to get as familiar with Qwerty as I had been earlier. Should I ever move back to Germany again, I would take my Qwerty with me, since I can type German on it as fast as I could on the Azerty twenty years ago.

So for me any change would not be an option. But perhaps you have more flexible fingers (and/or a more flexible mind)?


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KathyT  Identity Verified
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Japanese to English
I'd like to find out, too. Nov 24, 2006

Thanks for posting this, Samuel.
I have been considering switching to a Dvorak for some time but am yet to take the plunge - and I had not heard of Colemak before.

For anyone else that hadn't heard of this/these, see:


Interestingly, the QWERTY layout was apparently designed more to prevent the long metal keys from becoming jammed together when typing quickly on those really old-fashioned typewriters, rather than with the user's comfort in mind.

I'd also be interested to hear of others' experiences with either Dvorak or now, Colemak.

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another Alternative Jun 2, 2007

i use ENTI-Key++ now:
that layout is optimized too and gives you the option to type with one hand!

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