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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dvorak Simplified Keyboard (DSK)

Hello world,

I'm new to Dvorak Simplified Keyboard. It's said that DSK can help us type faster. But my typing speed plummeted from 80 to 10 wpm :( because I'm new.

My reason to learn this keyboard layout is because I heard that fastest typers in the world use this kind of layout.

The placements of letters in the DSK are different from QWERTY. The home-row keys are changed to AOEU-ID-HTNS, not ASDF-GH-JKL. Here is the story:

QWERTY keyboards has become tradition among the computer users. Actually, the QWERTY layout is designed for old typewriters to prevent typebars from jamming. So QWERTY is obsolete since computers don't have typebars.

So, in the 1930s, Dr. August Dvorak developed his own layout and patented it. Although failed to supersede QWERTY in usage (this is the reward of being the first), DSK has become supported by a wide range of computer operating systems since 1980s.

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