The experience of switching to Colemak

When I joined Automattic, I found that using different keyboard layouts like Dvorak and Colemak are common and encouraged - as are most things that will help you be more efficient.The idea is that if you spend so much of your day at your computer, you might as well be efficient at input. The idea seemed neat, so why not?

Results after 100 days of Colemak: 100 WPM

While I was doing my Automattic trial, I came across information about using alternative keyboard layouts - Dvorak and Colemak. if you look at the distance your fingers travel to type the same words, QWERTY is much less efficient than Dvorak or Colemak. In my typical "why not?" approach, I challenged myself to learn Colemak... Continue Reading →

Embracing Colemak’s caps lock as backspace

I used to joke that I was really fast at typing because I could hit the backspace and fix my mistakes really quickly. Backspace is an inefficient key, if you're looking at distance travelled when typing. Part of the Colemak layout involves mapping the caps lock key to be backspace: it's much more efficient and... Continue Reading →

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