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    DHk or DHm

    • Started by maktao
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    • Registered: 01-Dec-2021
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    I currently type workman, but I recently built an ortholinear keyboard and I'm interested in switching to colemak as some of the bi grams in workman frustrate me. I know that it's usually recommended to use DHm on ortholinear and DHm on staggered but I'm conflicted as to which I should learn. Although most of the time I will be using an ortholinear keyboard, I am often required to use a laptop for school. I could learn both but that will definitely hinder my accuracy. Any opinions?

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    • From: Chicago
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    There is no need to learn both, stick with one. The difference is really minor, especially for row staggered board. I would choose DHm if the matrix or columnar staggered board will be used enough time.

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    "DHm" is now the default Colemak-DH on both ortho and traditional boards. The one known as "DHk" is mostly legacy. I recommend DHm ( = DH ) unless you have a specific reason for not doing so.

    Using Colemak-DH with Seniply.

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    • From: Viken, Norway
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    If you were on row-staggered only and didn't mind poorer implementation, DHk might be an option for you. Since you have an ortho, it's a no-brainer really. Go with the standard DH.

    The more interesting question is what you'll do about the Angle mod on your row-stag. The more experienced typists tend to say that they prefer to run the Angle mod on their row-stag and of course not on their ortho; it makes the row-stag more ergonomic which feels more similar to the ortho.

    Oh, and: Congrats on leaving Workman! You're choosing a better layout.

    Last edited by DreymaR (02-Dec-2021 16:13:05)

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    • Registered: 01-Dec-2021
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    Thanks everyone for the replies, I think I understand the colemak variations better now.

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    • From: Viken, Norway
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    Glad we could help! Have you studied the BigBag for more info yet?

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