Dvorak Keyboard Layout
colbyw at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 10:35:05 MDT 2007
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On 9/27/07, Kenneth Burgener <kenneth at mail1.ttak.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I have recently decided that I would like to invest the time in learning
> the Dvorak keyboard layout, to help reduce such things as Carpal Tunnel
> Syndrome. I am curious to find out who here uses the Dvorak keyboard,
> and what tips and tricks they have found to make the switch easier?
Good for you. The Dvorak layout has saved me from pain and loss of a
couple fingers. :)
> The issues I have stumbled upon are:
> 1. Solutions needed for both Windows and Linux environments. I live in
> both a Windows and Linux world so it is important to find solutions for
> the following problems that work in both.
Both OS's have the Dvorak layout available. Go to the International
settings for either to add keyboard layouts. A quick way to change in
setxkbmap -rules xfree86 -model pc105 -layout dvorak -variant basic
setxkbmap -rules xfree86 -model pc105 -layout us -variant basic
setxkbmap -layout [us|dvorak]
> 2. Lack of keyboards. The few Dvorak keyboards I have found are all
> $100+, and I have yet to find an "ergonomic" shaped Dvorak keyboard.
> The most common Dvorak keyboard I have found is the TypeMatrix 2030,
> but it is not ergonomic. For now I have settled upon using Windows
> "Local - Dvorak" feature, and Linux alias/xmodmap/loadkeys solutions I
> have found.
Don't buy a new keyboard relabeled for Dvorak, just change the layout.
> 3. Location based keys: Cut/Copy/Paste/Undo or Vi's 'hjkl'. Vi's 'hjkl'
> movement keys are no much of an issue for me, as I use the arrow keys
> provided on all modern keyboards, but for the die hard Vi purists, this
> may be a rather irritating point. For me Cut/Copy/Paste/Undo being the
> "ZXCV" positions is very convenient, especially since they are one
> handed, and you can use the mouse while performing these actions.
> Switching to Dvorak breaks this convenience. Any one familiar with a
> good solution?
This is user-dependent. Some people remap cut/copy/paste, others (like
myself) use the same key combinations (ctrl-x; ctrl-c; etc.). The same
is true for vim.
> I have also heard
> of a Programming Dvorak layout. Anyone had any experience with these
Can't help you there.
> My final comment is when I refer to an "ergonomic" style keyboard, I
> don't just mean one that "bumps" out. I have also seen "separated
> halves" style keyboards, which I think work as well. Anything to give
> more distance between the two hands.
The Dvorak layout is inherently "ergonomic." The stresses associated
with using the Qwerty layout are significantly reduced even on
--- Colby Williams
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