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I'm a 15 year old high schooler who types with my two index fingers and my right thumb on an QWERTY (ISO) Mac keyboard. My average speed is from 40-60WPM with 80% accuracy. Right now, I'm still typing on QWERTY that same way, despite it killing my hands and making myself exponentially less productive.
I tried Colemak for about two weeks using thetypingcat.com and I know it is the best keyboard ever. I don't need anyone to prove it to me. Also I learned that I should've learned how to touch type with TEN fingers. But I didn't, and now I type with poor accuracy and speed.
Most Used vs The Best in every way…the most used will always win. Better to have cash than a credit card. Better to speak English than speak Esperanto. Better to take the bus than drive a car (in a city with good public transport) and maintain it constantly. And most of all: better to use a QWERTY keyboard because it's the equivalent of having a 1 US Dollar in your hand rather than 1 Iranian Rial. The fact that QWERTY is universal, destroys every point in favour of Colemak. It's a sad because I wish Colemak was more accepted.
You can type any language using QWERTY. Not Latin based? You can type romanisation with QWERTY. Want to go to any public place ever with a computert? QWERTY is there. Not Dvorak, Colemak or anything else. For those of us pedalling through the education system, anything other than QWERTY is impossible believe it or not. And try typing East Asian languages with Colemak. It's worse than QWERTY.
Colemak should never be a primary keyboard layout in the present moment due to it's scarceness.
It's great to learn but only if you're using English, only use your own computer and you're not in school. And only if you have a lot of time and willpower to learn a keyboard layout.
The keyboard is also a bit restrictive. I type on Mac and I can just hold down on any vowel that'll prompt me for an accent I'd like to choose. Colemak can't do that. And typing Japanese Romaji and Korean Romaja and Chinese Pinyin (your right hand is wrecked on Colemak for Chinese)? Nope. Only on QWERTY.
For those sad reasons, I'm out.
If Colemak gets more recognition and more and more multilingual support and acceptance, that'd be great.
But my Mac ABC Extended ISO keyboard is as universal as it gets. Unlike Colemak..which I want to use which I kinda regret learning because the school computers have the preferences blocked.
Thanks for your support. Keep promoting Colemak