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Just to give an idea of where I come from:
I've known about alt layouts for years (started using a computer and getting into security 15 years ago), and have a few times hesitated to switch to what I heard about back then : Dvorak. But I never switched, because I already have a very good speed on AZERTY (French layout, very similar to QWERTY, which I also used for a few years to type code, and AZERTY for French text). I think my record was around 120 wpm on a mechanical keyboard.
But other than speed, I think I should take into consideration comfort, and pain. Because I must admit, after long very of frantic typing, my finger joints can sometimes feel very sore. And I think it won't get better with time. So, it's time to think about comfort and efficiency of my typing, alongside the speed factor.
But a few days ago I had a conversation with someone, talking about split keyboard and alt layouts, and I think I want to try a new layout. After days of searching and reading online, I was hesitating between Colemak and Workman, but the single-finger bigrams of Workman seems like an annoyance, so I will probably lean towards Colemak.
After reading multiple posts on this forum and a few Reddit threads, I came up with a few questions I can't really find answers to:
- 1. Would it be better to start learning on the regular Colemak layout, and see if I'm annoyed by the D/H keys being on the center column, and switch on Mod-DH then... or start learning on Mod-DH right away because it fixes some issues with Colemak ? (I don't think I'd be bothered by lateral index movement, for me it doesn't require a wrist movement, just a separation of fingers)
- 1bis. About Mod-DH, I've read on a thread someone saying : "If you plan to use an ortholinear/matrix keyboard, use the regular Colemak, because Mod-DH aimed to fix something that ortholinear keyboards fix better". I don't really understand this, because ortholinear doesn't change the fact that D/H will require a lateral index movement. Is it true that Mod-DH is good mainly for staggered keyboards ?
- 1ter. Same question about Mod-DH variants. Isn't the Angle-Mod useless on ortholinear ? Is it better to use a "non-Angle" DH layout on ortholinear keyboard ?
- 2. While I'm talking about ortholinear keyboards, is it really a big plus ? What's better about them ? Is the advantage the same (or additive) to split-keyboards or ergonomic keyboards ? Is split-and-ortholinear the Holy Grail ?
I think I will eventually buy a good keyboard at some point, even if I will still be typing directly on my staggered laptop keyboard if I'm not on my desktop computer.
- 3. What are the best website/apps to learn to touch type ? I think I mainly touch type on AZERTY but my fingers do not really rest on the home row (middle and ring fingers rest on the top row, for me), and I think I don't use my pinky at all, I move my hand laterally. Despite this, I reach 100+wpm. But I guess I could win even more speed by touch-typing properly. And more than this, avoid strain and pain after long days of typing.I've seen https://thetypingcat.com/ which allows you to change the layout in the settings... but weirdly, the courses still begin by having you type "J and F" first, with a qwerty keyboard drawn. What's the point of indicating your layout in the configs then ? Shouldn't it begin with "T and N" for Colemak ?So my question is more : is there any website or app to learn to touch type COLEMAK easily and quickly, in the manner of these QWERTY methods ?
- 4. About those methods, are they also good for Colemak-DH ? Shouldn't I switch the letters learned first accordingly ? What's the best way to begin ? Deep dive and try to type full Colemak (with image printed and visible next to my screen) for some time every day ? Follow courses available on https://www.learncolemak.com/ ?
Thank you to anyone who read until here, and can answer any of my questions.
As you can see, I often type a lot, so for me, speed, as well as comfort and avoiding pain in joints at the end of the day, are both important factors. Right now I'm fast, but it can be painful. If I can get a good balance, even loosing some speed at first, I think it's worth it in the long run.