New to Dvorak, AutoHotKeys is a friend :)
2012-04-30 09:57:10 GMT
I thought i'd share my experience with getting a Dvorak keyboard layout on my PC (not a physical keyboard), whilst retaining the familiar QWERTY shortcut keys like Ctrl+XCV. Apparently Apple aren't as stupid as Microsoft, and provide two variants of the Dvorak layout, one of which retains the QWERTY shortcuts for some things (Microsoft is so annoying, it takes them 10 years to introduce simple features that people have found other ways to do).
It almost made me not bother to learn Dvorak, but i decided to nut it out and eventually found a program called AutoHotKeys (free) to write (or copy) scripts to enable the Dvorak mappings with the QWERTY shortcuts :)
If anyone is interested, i can supply 'my' scripts - i have i think three different variants depending on the situation. eg, at work, i can't change my keyboard at all, so the script i use there (compiled in to an .exe) does all my mappings. While on *MY* PC the input is set to Dvorak, so my script only fixes the shortcut keys to QWERTY (so i can unload it before i play games and still be able to type Dvorak in the game (a long story)).
My Dvorak speed is still about 45wpm (vs my best QWERTY of about 65wpm), and what with all the troubles i've had - i don't know why i bothered. Also, phones etc are always QWERTY. I did it to prove something about economics strangely enough, then i kept doing it because everyone at work said i wouldn't. :)
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