Colemak Keyboard Layout

28 09 2009

I’ve been experimenting with the Colemak keyboard layout the last few weeks or so.  I like it very much.  I do have some comments to share:

  1. Be Patient.
    My QWERTY speed of 100 wpm has dropped to 30.  For me, anything below 45 is frustrating.  But things are picking up.
  2. It’s Worth It.
    I haven’t run into any major downsides yet like I did when learning Dvorak.  I definitely think Colemak will prove to be the most efficient layout yet.
  3. Benefits.
    I’ve noticed the finger strain has gone away.  I definitely noticed that my fingers travel much less than before
  4. Forget QWERTY
    No, I didn’t forget QWERTY.  Your brain makes a mental switch.  My brain can handle 2 keyboard layouts – just not 3.  Actually, I was typing Dvorak at 40wpm after 1 week, but Colemak at 30wpm after 2 weeks.  Why?  Having to unlearn Dvorak.
  5. Downsides?
    There are only 3 minor downsides with switching to Colemak as I see it:
    a. My spelling is terrible now.  I didn’t realize that my good spelling was so closely linked to my QWERTY typing skill.
    b. OS Support.  I need to use Autohotkey to do my keyboard remapping.  It works quite well, but it is still a kludge.
    c. Finger cramping.  Because your fingers stay on the home row much more (70% now vs. 30% w/ QWERTY), my fingers don’t get to stretch as much.  However, this is helped with hand/finger exercise balls and I need to say that cramping is preferable to overworked strained fingers.

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58 responses to “Colemak Keyboard Layout”

8 02 2015
Jimmie :

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thank you!…

8 02 2015
Ralph :

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good….

8 02 2015
travis :

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tnx….

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hello….

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8 02 2015
Milton :

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thanks….

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thomas :

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thanks!!…

8 02 2015
wallace :

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tnx for info….

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