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|Thursday, March 22, 2012|
I'm finally getting to the point that my hands hurt from typing too much, especially my index fingers, thumb, and wrists. I use a Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro, which has helped in the past, but it's not enough. I think the reaching for gthy is getting to me. The mouse isn't helping either.
So for the usual reasons, I'm considering Dvorak.
How to Switch to a Dvorak Keyboard Layout: 8 steps - wikiHow:
In this sample paragraph, 70% of the letters are on the home row in Dvorak, with 15% top and 15% bottom. In QWERTY 30% are on the home row. Beware, it takes a little getting used to, especially if you're transitioning from a standard QWERTY keyboard.
The problem is, of course, that we don't just use keyboards for typing English any more. And there's a good negative in that piece, however, that got me thinking... "Depending on your operating system, keyboard shortcuts such as CTRL+C may lose their convenient placement."
So the question for becomes, even if I could rethread my head around the layout, how would I do in VIm?
Let's check the vim Wikia entry for "Using Vim with the Dvorak keyboard layout":
Many Dvorak users have no problem learning the normal Vim commands with a Dvorak layout. The movement keys may not look it at first but are in fact pretty intuitive -- J and K are on the middle and index fingers of the left hand, right next to each other in the same order as on the qwerty layout, while H and L are the index and pinky fingers of the right hand, so the one for left is on the left -- again perfectly accessible.
[from the comments from the same page:]
I have been using Dvorak (as X keyboard map) and Vim for about two years now, without *any* adjustments (concerning Dvorak) to Vim at all, and it works great. The solution imho is to simply remember Vim commands by their name, rather than their keyboard position (e.g. I think I want to d(elete) 2 w(ords), and hit d2w without thinking about the key positions (my fingers know the position themselves).
I have a hard time buying that. Why do I want to leave roguelike controls again? Sounds like a mess.
It's an interesting example of standards inertia.
Guess I'm looking for a new keyboard.
EDIT: I think I'm trending towards this camp.
Effectively my brain was trying to wire three kinds of cursor movement modes:
posted by ruffin at 3/22/2012 09:33:00 AM
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