Dvorak-keyboard definition

dvôrăk
A keyboard with a layout designed to increase the speed and ease of typing, having a home row of keys that consist of A, O, E, U, I, D, H, T, N, and S.
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A 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 , . /
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Origin of dvorak-keyboard

  • After August Dvorak (1894–1975), American educator

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition