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Typing

:
A closer look

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Points:
• Typing
• Keyboard layout
• Saving time: typing fast
Typing
• Typing: inputting text into a device, such as
a computer, by pressing keys on a keyboard.
• Techniques:
– Touch typing
• Eyes are always on
screen
• Use of home row
• Tips
• Pros:
– Avoid wrist ache and other syndromes
– Speed
• Cons:
– Takes time to master
Agenda

• Techniques:
– Search and pick:
• Use of 2 to 5 fingers only
• Varied from a person to another
• Pros:
– Develops naturally.
• Cons:
– Slow
– wrist problems
– Mistakes
– Buffering
– Thumb typing
• Keyboard layouts
– QWERTY:
• invented in1870s by Christopher Sholes,
a newspaper editor.
• Design
• Keyboard layouts
– Dvorak:
• patented in 1936 by August Dvorak, an
educational psychologist and professor of
education
• Design:
– address the problems of inefficiency and fatigue
• Compare
Agenda

• One handed Dvorak

• Programmer Dvorak
Save time: type faster
• Words per minute measure
– Why?
– 5 characters = 1 word. ex: “character” makes
2 words
– Averages
• 33 for a normal user and around 60 for a
typist
– YOU can save 1 hour a day or even
more,
if you spend two hours typing.
• Save time: type faster
– Tips
• Take a test http://www.typingweb.com/
• Take lessons http://www.typing-lessons.org/
• Use a software, Ktouch
http://ktouch.sourceforge.net/
• Use shortcuts more often
• Play touch typing games
• Look online for other tips
• Use a different keyboard layout
– Use Dvorak
– Use ergonomic keyboards
Points covered:
• Typing:
– definition and types :
• touch, search and pick, buffering and
thumb typing
• Keyboard layouts:
– QWERTY and Dvorak and difference
• WPM measure
• Tips for faster typing
References
• Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_keyboard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY

• life optimizer:
http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2009/01/09/save-time-improving-y

• Kaufmann : http://www.kaufmann.no/roland/dvorak/

• Images:
Royalty free images: www.gettyimages.com