for Single-Handed Users
In 1945, during World War II, Colonel
Robert Allen lost his right arm. Being a writer, he
now found typing nearly impossible. He contacted August
Dvorak and asked for help. Using his previous research,
August developed keyboard layouts for one handed typists.
These are known as the Dvorak left hand layout and
the Dvorak right hand layout. A few months after using
the Dvorak left hand layout, the Colonel was typing
over 50 WPM.
Microsoft distributes Dvorak keyboard layouts that
make the most frequently typed characters on a keyboard
Saturday, February 19, 2005
the standard "QWERTY" layout. There are
three Dvorak layouts: one for two-handed users, one
for people who type only with their left hand, and
one for people who type only with their right hand.
The left- or right-hand keyboard layouts can also
be useful for people who type with a wand. You do
not need to modify your hardware keyboard to use these
These layouts can be used with the following operating
- Microsoft Windows 95
- Microsoft Windows NT 3.5, 3.51 and higher
- Microsoft Windows for Workgroups
- Microsoft Windows 3.0 or higher
- Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 or higher
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Is a Keyboard Layout?
A keyboard layout is a map or a definition of how
keys are laid out on your keyboard. The keyboard layout
you use is determined by software in your computer.
The letters on your keys indicate the standard layout
for your keyboard. There are many different keyboard
layouts in use throughout the world. The one you ordinarily
use depends on the country you are in or the language
Dvorak keyboard layouts are based on designs created
by August Dvorak, a professor at the University of
Washington during the 1930s and 1940s. Dr. Dvorak
studied the way people type standard English, and
determined the most common letter combinations. He
then designed new keyboard layouts to speed up typing
and reduce fatigue. These layouts, now called Dvorak
or simplified keyboard layouts, were initially developed
for two-handed typists. Following World War II, Dvorak
layouts were developed for typists who use the right
or left hand alone.
to use the Dvorak keyboard layouts
of standard and Dvorak keyboard layouts
can help you learn a new keyboard layout.
You may want training materials or stickers to put
on you keys so that you can see the new layout as
you type. For information about training materials
and stickers, contact:
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A lot of good information about
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One Hand Typing and Keyboarding
A One-Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual and links
to resources for one handed typists. The author, Lilly
Walters, is also willing to assist with questions
on one hand typing.
is a one-handed keyboard that works with most
devices. This includes all desktops, laptops,
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REACH Guide to computers (Located in England)
This article has some good information and resources,
although many are in the UK.
OAK software helps you to more easily type one-handed
using any typical keyboard on a Windows PC. It makes
one-handed typing easier by allowing you to access
all the keys without having to move your hand all
over the place.
Whichever side you use, you can access any letter
on the other side by holding down the spacebar. Please
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