Why Use Dvorak?
We are talking about the Dvorak keyboard layout. However, there is no point in installing a different keyboard layout if you are not going to use it. If you have already made up your mind and want to get straight on with installing feel free to skip to the relevant section. The standard reasons cited for using Dvorak are:
- Dvorak was designed with speed in mind.
- Qwerty was designed to slow typists down to avoid collisions.
- You get less RSI using Dvorak.
As far as I can tell, it is an urban legend that Qwerty was designed to slow typists. Dvorak was definitely designed however with the idea of minimising finger motion when typing English text. There have been studies done on this (potentially biased as it is a site for the Dvorak keyboard, but it looks fair). The most commonly used letters are all on the home row.