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Dvorak keyboard[də¦vȯr‚ak ′kē‚bȯrd]
A keyboard whose layout is altered from that of the standard qwerty keyboard to speed up typing; more of the frequently used keys are on the home row.
Dvorak keyboardA keyboard layout designed in the 1930s by August Dvorak, University of Washington, and his brother-in-law, William Dealey. Almost 70% of all English words are typed on the home row compared to 32% with QWERTY keyboards, and more words are typed using both hands. In eight hours, fingers of a QWERTY typist travel 16 miles, but only one for the Dvorak user.
Only new typists gravitate to Dvorak, because no matter the advantage, it is quite difficult for experienced QWERTY touch typists to switch to a different layout. See QWERTY keyboard and keyboard types.
Percentage ofEnglish WordsTyped onEach RowDvorak Keyboard 22% ' , . P Y F G C R L ? 70% A O E U I D H T N S - 8% ; Q J K X B M W V Z QWERTY Keyboard 52% Q W E R T Y U I O P 32% A S D F G H J K L ; ' 16% Z X C V B N M , . /