Switching to DVORAK

By thegoldengod128 - updated: 1 week, 2 days ago - 3 messages

I'm thinking of switching, or at least learning, DVORAK. It is worth it? My average is in the mid-high 90s, sometimes greater depending on the quote. Is it worth the time? And how will it affect my QWERTY speed, if at all?

Does any one have any stories of their transition?
By meiquer - posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

I was considering it until I saw this video: https://www.youtu....
By brennanisokay - posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Take a look at colemak too! I just switched and three months later im about on par with where I was before. The first month was brutal but after that it's just gaining speed. It also improved my accuracy a ton because I was intensely focused on learning the keys and could drop any bad habits I had from qwerty.
By coolby - posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Well. My transition was rather protracted, with varying levels of familial support. It is a bit of a story, I hope you have the time.

It all started when I was young. I never felt quite myself, when sitting at a QWERTY keyboard, or otherwise. There was always a nagging sense of "your natural self is something else... something or someone TRUE". At that time, I didn't know about DVORAK or any of the other alternatives. So for years I continued, trying to accommodate this body, these hands, I had been given to something I felt wasn't right. I didn't use my pinkies for the longest time with the QAZ or P;. keys, I had them splayed out in a rather effeminate way. Little did I know.

Finally with the changes that come about in those early pubertal years, I knew I had to take action. I couldn't tell my parents though. The house was filled with conventional QWERTY keyboards. I didn't know if I would be kicked out, or put in some sort of Christian DVORAK-conversion camp if I told them I wanted to switch. They were tense times to be sure, and for a while I fell into a deep depression. Eventually, I was able to talk to some doctors about it, without my parents around, when I was 17-18. The doctors encouraged me to think specifically about the ramifications of switching. Society is filled with QWERTY, and hardly any DVORAK. People judge the unconventional layout; they stare. Once you make the switch, you can't really change back because certain muscles atrophy. They encouraged me, before taking more drastic measures, to try taking medication that could make me feel more comfortable. I did, but it felt like a half-measure. And besides, we all know QWERTY is non-optimized.

Fast forward to my early twenties, and I knew it was time. I made the switch. Like others have mentioned, there was a long recovery process that took weeks, months. Sometimes I hear people saying they're worried about the QWERTY-switching feeling like an "infection" once you go DVORAK, and I was certainly worried about that after switching. But good news- I feel myself now. And obviously, my parents have to know about it. They can see when I'm using my phone, I have even converted that to DVORAK, too. They've been slow, but accept me now. I don't think either of them will ever really switch, but they understand on some level at least. My typing speed has gone up 10% after a couple years. As far as my personal life goes, I don't mind if my partner is QWERTY or DVORAK, but I always tell them about my status. Some QWERTY users actually really like me because I'm different. Oddly enough, it is an especially popular conversion in Thailand. Go figure.

Anyway, I hope that was helpful. Everyone's journey is different. Do what's best for you. Forums like this can be helpful. I have gotten a lot of support from the DVORAK/COLEMAK/T9/QWERTY (DCTQ+) community over the years.
Updated 1 week, 2 days ago