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Typing and typing speeds.

by FrankQC / May 2, 2011 3:15 PM PDT

I feel like asking this question to see other people's habits.

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Haven't tested myself in a while
by Steven Haninger / May 2, 2011 7:05 PM PDT

I have a standard qwery keyboard. It's a Cherry brand from Germany and 16 X 7" so smaller than some. I took typing on an old "Blunderwood" Happy in high school back in the '60s...a mechanical type, of course...and still use the classic position. As for touch typing, it comes rather naturally for all letters, numbers, basic punctuation, etc. I will need to look when using the numeric keypad or typing special characters...whatever they are called. As for speed, I said I've not bothered to test myself as I'm not sure what the rules are now. I believe, back when, it was based on a 5 character word average and being mistake free. I'm fairly certain I could hit 80 wpm at one time when using the Blunderwood but that was when sprinting. Long distance typing I don't know about. Happy

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My poor excuse I call typing
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 2, 2011 7:29 PM PDT

Which keyboard layout do you use? - Standard Desktop PC type keyboard.

How do you place your fingers on the keyboard? - Wherever they happen to fall! Happy

Do you touchtype? - Yes

How many words per minute can you achieve? - I haven't reached 'words per minute' yet!

I am self-taught, and frankly, (no pun intended with your name Frank), it shows. If I can type a single, simple, sentence without typing errors that is an achievement.

I blame the keyboard.

Mark

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Good response, Mark. You wrote what I feel.
by Ziks511 / May 5, 2011 4:31 AM PDT

!!!! You mean some people can type more than 5 words a minute !? Wow !! Wink

Rob

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My only "special" thing is
by Roger NC / May 3, 2011 7:49 AM PDT

I much prefer what they call the "natural keyboards". That's the one with a slight angle in both up in height and angled away from user from the center toward the edges.

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Ditto on the keyboard. Thanks for the mouse link.
by drpruner / May 5, 2011 2:45 AM PDT

PARC would be proud of you. Happy

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Standard keyboard
by Diana Forum moderator / May 3, 2011 12:08 PM PDT

I touch type. As to speed, it depends on whether the cat is between me and the keyboard or not. Grin

Diana

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They're always in the middle of what you want to do, aren't
by Ziks511 / May 5, 2011 4:35 AM PDT
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they. In the middle of the newspaper, and usually on the article you're reading. On the keyboard. A friend's cat used to curl up on top of the TV box, blocking all air circulation. Of course, it was nice and warm.

Rob

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IBM standard keyboard
by James Denison / May 3, 2011 11:26 PM PDT

Anything smaller is too small for my hands and I'd have to jab instead of touch type.

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Tried Dvorak once but QWERTY is too ingrained.
by drpruner / May 5, 2011 2:38 AM PDT

I once tested for a job requiring 45wpm and passed.


For extra credit: I took typing in HS (manual Remingtons) in order to meet girls. Found out a typing nerd is still a nerd, but I did learn to type, which has served me well since. Happy

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Yeap, Dvorak is designed for speed
by Roger NC / May 5, 2011 8:10 AM PDT

whereas QWERTY was deliberately designed to slow the fastest people down. Original manual typewriters jammed too much when used too fast.

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I don't doubt a huge increase. And accuracy comes
by drpruner / May 5, 2011 9:45 AM PDT

at the same time. Our school tests always factored both, as does most typing s/w.

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Interesting.
by FrankQC / May 6, 2011 7:31 AM PDT

I should get familiar with Dvorak then. Currently I'm averaging ~130-140 words per minute on Qwerty. If it indeed doubles the speed, I wouldn't mind having 260-280 words per minute =)

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A claim I've read,
by Roger NC / May 6, 2011 10:05 AM PDT
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don't know if there is any data to really back it up or not.

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A little google research suggests the Dvorak
by Steven Haninger / May 6, 2011 10:20 AM PDT
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might realize a gain of somewhere between 15 -25% depending on the individual. I'd agree that becoming proficient at both would be very difficult if not impossible. A proper measurement of speed improvement would involve two separate groups....each of whom learned or stayed with one method. There's something in learning processes called positive or negative "transfer". This means that some things we learn to do can be an aid to learning something else while others do the opposite and impede the learning process. I would think that learning one keyboard layout would be an impediment to learning one that was largely different.

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(NT) Much more reasonable % claim, I figured other was hyperbole
by Roger NC / May 7, 2011 8:02 AM PDT
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The record for typists, in the days
by drpruner / May 9, 2011 5:47 AM PDT
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when such contests were sponsored, was close to 200, I think. (Ask the Great God Google, to be sure. Laugh )
That would be electric and QWERTY.

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QWERTY. Home row asdfg ;lkjh, Yes, but I learned very late.
by Ziks511 / May 5, 2011 4:27 AM PDT

I have no clue, but it's not fast. Probably not more than 30 wpm, probably closer to 20 when I'm composing.

Rob

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