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- From: Horsham, West Sussex, UK
- Registered: 11-Jun-2007
- Posts: 86
I'm afraid that I've decided to throw in the towel with Colemak.
You guys are all great -- I love the way you're so keen and enthusiastic, and I don't doubt that some of you have had a lot of success with it. Unfortunately, after about four and a half months on Colemak, I had to face the fact that it wasn't taking me anywhere.
I must admit that I've ended up disappointed. My top speed of 71 words per minute on Colemak may sound fairly impressive to some of you, but when you compare that with my previous top qwerty speed of 90, it's a different picture. I was hoping to get up to 100+, and at the rate I progressed initially this seemed like a realistic expectation. However, it plateaued after about a month and I just haven't managed to improve on it at all.
The problem as I see it is that for Colemak -- or indeed, any other keyboard layout -- to achieve widespread adoption, it needs to demonstrate an advantage over qwerty that is not just marginal but so clear, definitive and obvious that it outweighs the disadvantages of using a non-standard layout (e.g. time taken to switch, annoying everyone who uses the same computer as you, awkwardness when pair programming and Windows switches layout on your partner at random as Windows is in the nasty habit of doing, and so on) by a definitive margin.
As far as I can see, Colemak comes closer to reaching that goal than any other layout, but the differences just don't seem significant enough to me to make it.
So sorry to disappoint you all. This hasn't been an easy decision -- after all, I think I probably out-fanboyed many of you, especially back around January/February time when I was seeing impressive progress, and the vibrant community aspect to it makes it all the more difficult. But don't be put off by my assessment -- it's just my own experience, that's all. If Colemak works better for you then all I can say is stick with it, and have fun doing so.