Why don’t we switch to Dvorak?

I was following a @monkchips link to IgnoreTheCode about smartphone touch keyboard design, and thought about a bigger issue.

Why do we still use QWERTY?

Sure, it’s embedded in tons of hardware – both plastic/metal and muscle for many of us – but isn’t it a good time to switch? The immensely fast pace of learning for younger people, plus the soon-to-be outpouring of new keyboard and input styles seems like we could actually start the switch now.

Not only would touch-screen keyboards be simple to switch, but form factors and tactile feedback are changing for more and more of our data entry. This would be a good time for existing QWERTY folks to start switching their muscles to think AOEUI instead, since we’re already having to adjust to how glass-screen typing feels anyway.

Hmmm, that’d be a great geeky replacement for ROT13 too.

4 thoughts on “Why don’t we switch to Dvorak?

  1. Shane –
    Thanks so much for your ideas about our upcoming iPhone app. We're
    taking everyone's ideas seriously. We want this to be exciting and
    innovative.

    Could we keep in touch with you down the road? We hope you'll follow
    the progress of our App and keep contributing your ideas.

    Best,
    Gabrielle Levy
    WBUR

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.