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I thought I would add my voice to the throngs and catalog a bit of my layout journey. It gives me no small amount of joy to know that communities like this exist, and that a layout such as COLEMAK has sprung up recently enough for both the author and revisionists to actively discuss it. I am very much ready to make the move and say bye bye to QWERTY (save for cellphone and tablet use). See you in hell, antiquated interface!
Like so many others here, I have decades of typing experience. I started setting keyboards on fire back in the early ‘80s in grade school, then had to retrain in my twenties after an accident. At this stage of my life I clock about 85WPM on QWERTY with a few awkward revisions thanks to a left pinkie that doesn’t work, and a left ring finger that doesn’t move very independently. More on the relevance of that in a sec.
I am a professional writer, business owner, and software engineer. I spend a LOT of my life typing.
Five days back I decided to give COLEMAK a try, spurned on by my recent successes in adapting to the Keymouse (which is an absolutely brilliant peripheral, by the by). The KeyMouse’s layering capability made it a no-brainer to start to fiddle with the basics, and after a painful couple of hours learning the letters, I had seen enough to know I wanted more. Things were going to flow so much better, particularly for my bum hand.
On day 2, I decided to go cold turkey, informing my team and regular colleagues that responses would be slow and possibly quite childlike.
On day 3, I stopped swearing as much. I was starting to type with less misfires, albeit at a snail’s pace.
On day 4, I switched to COLEMAK-DH. Again, it is was easy to program a layer on the KeyMouse, so no harm in trying. I discovered I liked it better, in spite of the heavy swearing having returned. I also mapped the letter A to a thumb button on the left side of the KeyMouse. This tiny bit of inspiration wouldn’t likely change much for others (and most keyboards lack thumb keys anyway), but it was monumental for me and my mildly disabled left hand.
Today, on day 5, I have finally started to experienced the delightful rolling sensation described by so many. I am nowhere near the fully developed neural pathway stage, but I can feel I am on the precipice of glorious gloriousness. That rolling thing is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
At this early stage I am all in, in part because I really enjoy a brain rewiring exercise, but also because I think I have it in me to crack the 100WPM barrier for the first time since before my accident. Let's do this.
Wait, where is L again? %*#&!