[CS-FSLUG] Dvorak Keyboards

Chris Brault gginorio at sbcglobal.net
Fri Feb 10 12:03:03 CST 2006

> To be honest, I have a hard time believing that it has any significant
> difference. The more I use it, the more I'm starting to think the
> speculation that this comes from has more to do with muscles getting
> used to one or the other, not the strain on the carpal tunnel nerves or
> whatever that is.
> I could understand why someone who has RMS from QWERTY typing might see
> some improvements by switching to DVORAK because the repeated motion
> would change somewhat, but to a whole lot.
> All that said, I'm not a specialist in repetitive motion injury so I
> don't really know what I'm talking about.

It might just be different muscle groups used. I'm hoping to find out if 
the part about the "home key" row is all it's cracked up to be. Maybe I 
will spend more time typing in the home row and less time typing in the 
far flung rows or on the edge of my range of motion (like the pinky 
stretching that strains my hands and wrists).  I am willing to find out 
for myself. Maybe it will work for me.

After reading about the subject, I am convinced that Dvorak had the best 
intentions in mind when he was creating the Dvorak keyboard 
configuration. I also believe that he was sincere in his attempt to 
create a more efficient keyboard for the english language. With that in 
mind, what I've read suggests that a person's typing speed may not 
improve; That said, some of the strain associated with the acrobatics of 
the qwerty design can be alleviated. If that turns out to be true then 
maybe I'll use the dual at home (I use the qwerty all day at work). 
Perhaps in this way I can slow down or prevent injuries.


More information about the Christiansource mailing list