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Dvorak typing tutor

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AndrewB's picture
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I would really like to get into DVORAK, but I don't now where to start..
Thing is, I need to be quick at typing at coolege, and I have been told that If I want to get into dvorak, then i should totally run away from qwerty. Which I can't due to allll keyboards in college being qwerty.

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Something tells me the main

Something tells me the main reason someone would learn DVORAK is for a simple exercise or maybe curiosity, but with pretty much all keywords being qwerty I'm not sure there are any more better reasons..

I wonder?

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Qwerty was developed due to

Qwerty was developed due to the fact that back in the days of TypeWriters the keys kept jamming. It was made to slow the typer down cause the keys are actually harder than on other keyboards. So if you learn dvorak it is more natural and you will devlop your typing into a faster speed.
I could work out a way of changing the keyboard on Windows at college, and just not look at the keys when I am used to it..

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Oh I see, thanks for the

Oh I see, thanks for the history lesson. Smiling Makes sense then, though yeah, habit is habit and keys are marked as qwerty. Actually my keyboard is qwertz.

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That is what I was told

That is what I was told anyway, may look into that heh, it was from a teacher though so..
IIRC thinkgeek had a keyboard with no letters on it!
I picked up all the extra bits on the German QWERT* keyboard pretty well when accross and only after a few hours. But it is quite alike to the qwerty UK/US ones so..

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I learnt Dvorak thanks to

I learnt Dvorak thanks to dvorak7min. It's a curses based program which runs in the terminal. It worked for me, and I can still type pretty well with QWERTY, save the problem I have with putting the letter 'q' instead of an apostraphy.

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I've never tried learning

I've never tried learning dvorak, and won't due to vi, but I believe GNU Typist and KTouch support it as well. Both are excellent free typing tutors, I prefer gtypist (and still don't touch type)
(Just tried touch typing this; I could, but was slower than usual ;-))

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typewriters

Which ironically made the typewriters faster.

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KTouch

I used KTouch, but I never finished it. QWERTY is good for one thing now: finger exercise! Sticking out tongue

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