Keyboard Layouts (Phonetic, Dvorak and Colemak)
Keyboard Layouts for the Fastest Typing Speed
Keyboard layout refers to the arrangement of keys on the keyboard. Letters printed on each key show you what type of keyboard layout you are using. The story of the keyboard layout starts with QWERTY which was implemented on Remington No. 2 typewriter in the year 1878.
QWERTY layout was specifically designed for typewriter typist. The basic design principle was to make distance between the letters to avoid accidental hit of the wrong letter and slow down the typist for a while and then increase the speed. It is the most popular and standard keyboard layout among computer users, typewriters, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It has been named QWERTY as its top row contains the letters QWERTY.
Dvorak’s layout was designed during World War II to replace QWERTY’s layout and improve the efficiency of typists by repositioning the keys. It positions the most common letters in the home row and the bottom row has least common letters which are a bit hard to reach. People who believe in Dvorak’s layout claim that it is more efficient as compared to QWERTY layout and can help increase typing speed and accuracy.
Colemak is a variant of the QWERTY layout with 17 keys changed locations. Colemak’s layout also put commonly used letters in the home row.
Which keyboard layout is efficient and faster?
As far as typing speed is concerned, it is the same across all layouts. It is evident that switching from one layout to another will cost you time in terms of practice to relearn the new position of the keys. Both Dvorak and Colemak are regarded as the most efficient and fastest layouts in terms of speed and accuracy, but at the same time, studies show that people who switched from QWERTY keyboard layout failed in achieving efficiency and more speed.
Have you ever tried switching to another layout! What is your experience with the new keyboard layout? Let me know in the comments below which keyboard layout do you use.