View Full Version : Alternate Keyboard Layouts

14th-August-2014, 08:32 PM
QWERTY, Dvorak, Colemak, or Maltron, which do you think is best?

Are you using an alternate layout keyboard currently or would you like to?

I'm not particularly fast at typing since my little fingers are almost an inch shorter than my ring fingers and my middle fingers are quite long so to type properly I have to stick my elbows out and press with the fingernail of my little fingers, I wish there was a layout for people like myself who only use three fingers on each hand.

14th-August-2014, 08:38 PM
I use both QWERTZ and QWERTY depending on the situation. You can set y to be z and the other way around. For studying japanese I switch to jis.

Now that I read about dvorak I might try it out as I communicate the most in english these days, so I could have it at disposal.

14th-August-2014, 09:42 PM
I've tried them all, except Maltron because the keyboards are too expensive. I also have coworkers who have tried alternates.

I don't believe in alternate layouts. It's extremely difficult to adapt to, and worse you have to learn how to switch. You have to use laptops (I do frequently), on screen keyboards, a keyboard of somebody you're helping, a keyboard at the airport kiosk or UPS, etc. Alternates is hard, and switching back and forth is extremely so.

And I'm highly skeptical of the theory. The idea is to minimize computer stretching and movement, but I think this is entirely wrong. Watch any pianist, you notice the athletics they're doing? They've moving all over the place, and while they can suffer too if they practice too much you are much less likely to get RSI on the piano as opposed to the computer (I do both). I think the reason is that we're designed for lots of varied movement, which the piano gives. The problem with the computer in the first place is that we're not moving enough.

Having said that I despise the IBM layout we've inherited. The best keyboard I've found, with a slightly altered layout is the Truly Ergonomic keyboard. Programmable too, this is the One*.

* I used Kinesis Advantage Pro for years, Ergodox and many other variants.

15th-August-2014, 02:04 AM
What the hell are you people even talking about?
I'm using the Hansen Writing Ball layout and it works just fine!



Note the suspicious circumstances of his death, though.

23rd-August-2014, 06:39 AM

7th-September-2014, 03:00 PM
Qwerty and I am trying to do it with one hand.