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Re: [OT] how to take care of hand -> dvorak



On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 9:35 AM, Russell L. Harris
<rlharris@broadcaster.org> wrote:
> * Arnt Karlsen <arnt@c2i.net> [120205 23:54]:
>> On Sat, 4 Feb 2012 16:37:47 +0000, Russell wrote in message
>> <20120204163747.GC2339@cromwell.tmiaf>:
>>
>> > >From the Gnome desktop, use the system -> preferences -> keyboard ->
>> > layouts menu to select "USA Dvorak" (a regrettable compromise) or "USA
>> > Classic Dvorak" (the original and best).
>> >
>> > Just use whatever keyboard you presently are using.  Print out a copy
>> > of the Dvorak or Dvorak Classic layout, and then refer to the printout
>> > and ignore the keycaps.
>
>
>> ..sissy, the one proper way takes a wee bit more of common brutality,
>> pop out all keys and put them back using your dvorak layout map. ;o)
>
> As very recently has been discussed (either on this list or
> elsewhere), on some keyboards the contour of keys vary from row to
> row.  This is because some manufacturers place all the switches in the
> same plane (thus necessitating differing contours of keycaps), and
> others change the mounting of the switches from row to row.  And still
> other keyboards (particularly those of the "chiclet" variety, named
> after a popular American chewing gum) put all the switches in the same
> plane and use the same contour on all the keycaps, but this is not
> "ergonomic" -- it causes unnecessary fatigue for the typist.  The
> ideal appears to be a keyboard in which the tops of the keycaps,
> viewed from the side, touch the surface of an imaginary cylinder of
> radius approximately 3 to 4 inches (75 to 100 millimeters).
>
> And, not meaning to offend, I would suggest the "sissy" is the guy who
> is dependent upon the keycap labels.  If you wish to learn to ride a
> bicycle, the first step is to remove the "training wheels".
>
>
>
>> ..another approach is tape on new key lettering, I had to do that on
>> 6 of my laptops, due to the joysticks in the keyboards.  My eeepc
>> only got them due to my lazyness and surplus key stickers. ;o)
>
> Years ago I purchased a Macintosh classic, after the dealer agreed to
> provide a Dvorak layout.  When I went to pick up the machine, I was
> horrified to see that the dealer had swapped the contoured keycaps
> (which makes it physically impossible to touch-type), and was about to
> use fingernail enamel and permanent marker to alter the lettering.
>
> The experience was like discovering that the man to whom you have
> given your Swiss watch for repair is no watchmaker, but rather is
> nothing more than a blacksmith with forge and anvil.
>
>
>
>> > It does not take many hours to learn the layout, because Dvorak
>> > designed it to be intuitive (at least, for those whose native language
>> > is English).
>>
>> ..I can confirm this works in Norwegian too, a tip for those of you
>> looking for work in Norway, teach yourself Norwegian Dvorak. ;o)
>
> The critical factor is statistical, namely, letter (and numeral)
> frequency.  In the Classic Dvorak layout, the most often-used keys in
> typical English documents are located centrally -- on the home row,
> and under or adjacent to the strongest fingers.
>
> So perhaps we ought be speaking of "Dvorak-philosophy keymap" rather
> than "Dvorak keymap", because the Dvorak philosophy (which is "make it
> easy for the typist") is universal, whereas a specific Dvorak keymap
> (such as the English Classic Dvorak keymap) is not.  My point is that
> the term "Dvorak" has come to represent more a philosophy, rather than
> merely a specific key arrangement.
>
> The modified Dvorak keymap which was standardized by ANSI (American
> National Standards Institute) and used by IBM (on the Selectric) and
> by Apple (on the IIC) is a regrettable compromise which violates the
> Dvorak philosophy.  It is this modified keymap which a Wikipedia
> article and others term the "Dvorak Simplified Keyboard".  But the
> appellation "simple" is laughable, for there is nothing "simple" about
> the modified keymap, other than its simple-minded adherence to the "1
> 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0" numeric order of the QWERTY layout.  And, to add
> insult to injury, even a fool knows that the numeral zero should
> precede the numeral one, so that the numeric row ought be ordered "0 1
> 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9".  Thus, the ANSI "Dvorak Simplified Keyboard" ought be
> termed the "Bastardized Dvorak Keyboard".
>
> This is why, years ago, I championed the "Classic Dvorak" layout
> (which, thankfully, now has a permanent home in the Debian archive).
> I chose the term "classic" rather than the term "original", because
> the original application for the Dvorak layout was the manual
> mechanical typewriter, and there are significant differences between
> the keys and symbols on a manual mechanical typewriter and those on a
> typical computer.  Indeed, there even are significant differences
> between the keys and symbols on a manual mechanical typewriter and
> those on an electric mechanical typewriter.  But the "Classic Dvorak"
> keymap available in Debian agrees with the spirit or philosophy of the
> layout devised by Dvorak, and is as close as is practical to the
> original.
>
>
>
>> > Don't become discouraged during the first few hours.
> ...
>> ..and once you're past it, you _enjoy_ watching your competitors
>> try catch up on you. ;o)
>
> Having typed since A.D. 1963 and having used Dvorak exclusively since
> A.D. 1980, I think that a significant gain in speed is a false
> expectation.  It is not uncommon for a good QWERTY typist to type
> faster than the typical Dvorak typist.
>
> The great advantage of the Dvorak keymap is increase in accuracy and
> reduction in fatigue.  This is particularly the case with material
> rich in numeric characters, but only if the Classic Dvorak keymap is
> employed.  The mental gyrations necessary to accurately type numerals
> on a "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0" keyrow are much more difficult than those
> demanded by the "7 5 3 1 9 0 2 4 6 8" keyrow.
>
> Actually, one of the best things about the combination of
> QWERTY-labeled keycaps and software mapping to the Dvorak layout is
> that other people in the office quickly learn not to mess around with
> your computer.  The combination is more effective than is password
> protection, and entirely avoids the "enter the password to unlock the
> screen-saver" nuisance.
>
> RLH
> 2012.02.06

It's a long writing. Thanks

I have plotted the keymap in my mind yesterday.
It's not so hard to remember

Now type, just need some time to think. a bit slow haha

Thanks all,
>
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