What "superior keyboard layouts" have been developed and why are they better?

The qwerty model for keyboards was made for mechanical typewriters so now what is a better layout for electronic input in English that is more ergonomic or allows for faster/easier input of lettes?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Dvorak is a class of keyboard layouts that is designed under the principles laid down by August Dvorak's research on letter frequency in the language and human hand physiology (taken from wikipedia/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_Simplified_Key... ):

    * Letters should be typed by alternating between hands.

    * For maximum speed and efficiency, the most common letters and digraphs should be the easiest to type. This means that they should be on the home row, which is where the fingers rest, and under the strongest fingers.

    * The least common letters should be on the bottom row, which is the hardest row to reach.

    * The right hand should do more of the typing, because most people are right-handed.

    * Digraphs should not be typed with adjacent fingers.

    * Stroking should generally move from the edges of the board to the middle. An observation of this principle is that, for many people, when tapping fingers on a table, it is easier going from little finger to index than vice versa. This motion on a keyboard is called inboard stroke flow.[3]

    Colemak is a keyboard layout designed for ergonomic while being similar to QWERTY. It was designed to retain the position of commonly used keyboard shortcuts.

    Some more radical keyboard layout changes not only the key mapping, but also how the key grids are arranged. Instead of the traditional staggered key grid, some uses simpler square grids or introduce splits between left- and right-hand key set. Some keyboard layout designer experimented with curved, non-flat keyboards or ball-shaped keyboards (keyball?) or other more radical keyboard shapes.

    QWERTY was originally designed to minimize mechanical typewriter jamming; it is thus a machine-oriented layout. As opposed to Dvorak or Colemak, which is human-oriented layout. Unfortunately, the ubiquity of QWERTY layout means it would be extremely difficult to be replaced as the de facto standard layout.

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