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Just read this. Article that doesn't actually say that much. But the basic gist is that learning Dvorak helped the author learn to touch type. It helped being a different layout as they couldn't tear themselves away from hunt and pecking.
"Dvorak made me faster almost entirely because it forced me to learn to touch type. For years I’d tried to do the same using a QWERTY layout, but when my old hunt-and-peck method was so easy to revert to I’d inevitably give up on touch typing when I needed to write something quickly. Dvorak was different. It forced me to learn to type properly, and eventually I did."
I borked my workstation the other day and was thrown onto the command line with Qwerty and felt totally stranded without a paddle. At times like that I then consider whether it's worth my time to learn Qwerty. Or to have a hard coded layout in a keyboard or via a device.
The above article did make me think that those that want to learn to touch type could even use Colemak as a route to Qwerty. Perhaps this is the most obscene and irrelevant but radical idea you have ever heard postured?
Physicians deafen our ears with the Honorificabilitudinitatibus of their heavenly Panacaea, their sovereign Guiacum.