>All this is very subjective, obviously...
Thats sums it up.
As someone that flirted with the idea of picking up one of the two, I found it a difficult choice. I picked Dvorak as at the time it was a more accessible layout.
I use Dvorak daily, but I have dabbled in a little Colemak. It is therefore difficult and unfair for me to compare. I can however remark on Dvorak.
Dvorak loads the right hand more so than the left. Vowels being on the left hand ensures good alternation. And helps you remember the layout. One plus is that on a non-ergonomic keyboard, you have to worry less about the awkward left stagger.
On the left hand Dvorak's P (Qwerty R) is slightly odd, perhaps due to the stagger. Alternative fingering or a 'wide mod' could help with that.
Speed gains for me were slow as I had to get used to new fingering patterns (probably the same for other layouts.) I was never a 'proper' touch typist with Qwerty so perhaps that is why I struggled with the fingering (using all my fingers).
L and S are on the right pinky (Qwerty P) under Dvorak. Basically the right pinky gets more of a workout with Dvorak (I think I'd only ever used my pinky for semi-colon in the past). Very different if you are currently versed in Qwerty. It feels additionally worse, because the pinky gets the added strain of Backspace, Enter and some punctuation. If you don't like typing with your pinkies you probably won't like Dvorak. It took me time to get used to it, and I now enjoy typing the 'ould' quadgram! At the same time I could happily give up typing with either pinky, but I may be just doing it wrong.
I never thought I had issue with Dvorak's F (Qwerty Y), but think its placement could be insidious. I tend to move the hand, rather than stretch my finger. But it has a little 'number 6' feel about it. Note Colemak's B and G (Qwerty B and T), are also a reach.
People seem to love the Qwerty one handed shortcuts, but I'm not so sure that one handed shortcuts that require multiple finger presses are a good idea anyway. I could easily contort my wrist trying to do so.
Dvorak is more portable. Not much of an issue if you mainly use one computer that you can customise to your hearts content.
As such take some of the remarks in the Colemak FAQ about Dvorak with a pinch of salt.
Last edited by pinkyache (25-Nov-2014 15:14:25)
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