I'm glad to hear that the pinky is not much of a problem. I hope you can keep an update further on with your pinky. I've been practising Dvorak and it's taking me eras, so what is your trick? I doubt that guy would say his layout would hurt the fingers, you have demonstrated through your experience and I believe you. I tried typing random letters very fast for a while and repeatedly hit the C key and I did notice it begin to have stress so I imagine it would in the long run. Anyway, I am not going back, it's killing my brain! Thanks a lot by the way for your experience, it saved me a lot of time.
About the workman Layout, I suggested that you ask the guy because I used a sightly different touch typing technique with Imak. The difference is that I do not go with the left hand index finger to the upper letters, (r & t on the QWERTY) and I used the middle finger instead, so there is nothing to equalize the downward stretch. However, I don't think that in reality the upward stretch will equalize the downward stretch, so even if the workman have w and B on the upper row, I still reckon that the problem will persist. Beside seeing a comment from a guy on the workman layout advising him not to switch V with C, the creation of workman layout was based on effort or speed metrics where each key is assigned a number between 1 and 4, which is seem to be reasonable to some extent, but the author published the layout without practicing it first to see how it feels, which is wrong because there are other physical aspects that should have been included.
Regarding this link http://www.codesharp.co.uk/dvorak/Sampl … /News.html that you have mentioned, the author actually uses an aoeiu and not aoeui version of the dovark with the keys 'u' and 'i' switched, which is preferable for speed and I expect an increase of around 7WPM on the original dvorak due to this change. Also it would be nicer, at least for me, to switch between the ' & -, which can be easily done on windows using Autohotkey
Today I do not feel any pain in my pinky, however, I felt tension in the middle and ring fingers of the right hand, but the type of tension seems to be more as muscle training than finger damage. Also, I expect that dvorak will be harder to master than Colemak on the short run and I think Colemak would be slightly faster, but on the long run the muscles of the right hand will train to the different typing approach of the dvorak layout and the full potentials of the layout will unfold. Of course with any layout, to achieve 65WPM and above will require a lot of practice and familiarization with words as will as fingers dexterity, and if your aim is to type faster as soon as possible i think Colemak will be the layout that you are looking for, but if your aim is type in a comfortable manner without wrist and finger pain and you do not haste for the speed to come, then you should use dvorak, although you might feel some pain in the training phase. Anyway I can't fairly judge how my speed will be compared to Colemak because I have to use dvorak for the same period without training for any other layout, which I am not going to do because I have already started to train for Imak, and I plan to learn two layouts if Imak was successful.
Finally the trick to advance quickly to 50WPM is practice typing common words and key combinations while learning the layout. I usually familiarize myself with common words lesson and the common 1000 words mentioned here https://forum.colemak.com/viewtopic.php?id=1047
I place the common 1000 words in Amphetype program and do some settings as mention in the above link so that it generates two lines of text like this:
the of to the of to the of to and a in and a in and a in is it you is it
you is it you that he was that he was that he was
and I set the program to allow me to keep practicing until I reached 97-98% accuracy and speed of my_Speed_at_hi-games_for_five_minutes_test + 10WPM, and when I pass this threshold I am allowed to continue to type the next to 2 lines from the 1000 words. In this way I learn the layout and practice the common words and bigrams (th,st,nt,ou,io,ea, etc....)at the same time. and in order not to get bored, I also jump between different typing tutors, such as mavis beacon, typing instructor, rapidtyping. Of course, I do not need to mention typeracer to acquire speed and drill over the punctuation. When I reach 30 WPM, I start to watch the reply of my typing at hi-games and make lessons with my typos to practice them.
Here are some lesson that you can practice once you reach 30-34 WPM. Do not practice them before you reach 30 WPM, otherwise they will be boring and not that effective
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Enjoy and good luck!