I was recently reminded of the Qwerty vs. Dvorak debate again, after I had long ago put the debate to bed for myself, thanks largely to an article I read (Typing Errors), that essentially attempts to debunk the Dvorak keyboard layout as snakeoil.
I've since heard claims that this article is missing vital information in the debate. This also serves to remind me that "best" is a very subjective term, so I'm going to ask a very objective set of questions. Which (English language) keyboard layouts are objectively best (meaning studies have been done to prove their superior qualities) in the following areas:
- Ease of learning
- Speed of typing
I will downvote any answers that simply provide anecdotal evidence (i.e. "I learned Dvorak in 15 minutes!" or "I type 250wpm with qwerty, you can't beat that.")
I'm looking for references to actual research to support a claim that one layout is superior to another. And while I'm primarily interested in Qwerty vs. Dvorak, I'm interested in information on any other lesser-known layouts as well.
And one last requirement--this should relate specifically to keyboard layouts--not to special hardware. If I can't use a layout on a standard cheap-o keyboard from my nearest computer retailer, it doesn't count.