Colemak and Kinesis Together Ultimate Keyboarding
Lame people use QWERTY. CHAMPIONS CHOOSE COLEMAK.
I am not hesitant to say that The Colemak keyboard contains the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Changing the world’s keyboards from QWERTY to Colemak will literally pave the way for the salvation of the world. The reasons for this are not necessarily obvious and will be explained below.
This information is intended for end users, government officials and business people alike. The last group is the key. Once the economics of switching the standard keyboard from QWERTY to Colemak becomes clear, the keyboard layout will not only make sense on a personal level but will become a driving force behind an economic revolution the likes of which has never been seen before.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17)
My name is Gregory Stuart GOrDon. And, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. As applies to me that’s pronounced Jesus as in two Gee’s and one Es; taken from the initials of my formal name: GOrDon, Gregory Stuart. G,G.S. I am most famous (or rather infamous) to millions of Howard Stern fans for having broken into former president Ronald Reagan’s retirement home at 666 Saint Cloud Road in Bel-Air California on July Fourth of 1990. I believe him to have been the Antichrist.
For more information about all of that click here.
Now, I am on a mission to redeem my name by making a comeback and creating a miracle that rids the world of the Demonic QWERTY Keyboard. For the record, I am not a Christian. I am a Humanist. I am an ordained clergy member of The Church of Spiritual Humanism. But, I do believe in Jesus. In my capacity as a member of The Clergy I can legally represent others before government agencies in redressing this evil.
“Teacher, we saw one who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who does a miracle in My name can quickly speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is for us.” (Mark 38-40)
As it is being used, the QWERTY keyboard is the single most hazardous, costly and easily fixed consumer product on Earth.
Due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other Repetitive Strain Injuries use of this product accounted for 14% of all doctors visits and 19% of all overnight hospital stays as far back as 1990. American workers who use keyboards daily in work involving extensive data entry and word processing make up 45-75 million of the working population. This is a 1999 figure. Twenty-five percent of these operators are inflicted with CTS. In 2010 those percentages would make for a total cost of 75.9 billion dollars. And those percentages are even higher now in 2017.
The seriousness of the problem also produces this astonishing figure. More than 25 million American workers take off an average of 31 days of work per year to avoid QWERTY related pain. At 20 dollars per hour for an eight hour day that translates to 4,960 dollars per worker or a cumulative 124 billion dollars a year in direct and easily avoidable loss to American businesses.
For you business owners, have no fear. The U.S. Navy did a cost study with Dvorak (the original alternative to QWERTY) and the total time to get paid back for your investment including retraining workers, and new equipment pays for itself in ten days. And from there on in it’s pure profit.
Pure profit should be the motive of any good company. That is the real reason why the Colemak Keyboard is a true miracle. In addition to increased speed in data entry you and/or your employees will be working pain free and without fear of future harm. Then there are savings in time off from work and savings in other preventative braces and other health aids.
Before I go into the basics of the Colemak keyboard layout and its history, let me make it available to those of you who have heard about it already and are ready to jump in. The following link is to a blog post that describes a new development in adapting the layout. IT is a means of switching from QWERTY to Colemak that allows you to maintain your productivity as you learn. That way you will never feel like you can’t type at all as you would were you to go “cold turkey.” It is called Tarmak which stands for transitional Colemak.
With this system you learn the new layout in steps and your muscle memory learns much more easily. For business leaders this means that they won’t have to have long periods of time when nothing is getting done in the office. It is like using Chantix to stop smoking. (Something I did that works very well). The blog post that I link to now is short and sweet. It gets right to the point. It also links to the download for the Tarmak system which includes as the final step the full Colemak layout. Click here to get started.
The Colemak keyboard was invented in 2006 by a man named Shai Coleman.
The Qwerty or Universal keyboard came into existence in 1873. It was invented by a man named Sholes. The purpose of the arrangement of the keys in the manner that they were arranged was to slow down the hands of the typists whose hands were too fast for the machines of that time. It must be noted, that touch-typing wasn’t even thought of at the time.
The machines of the time were so slow, that even when people used one finger, the machines would jam up. Sholes placed the most used letters far enough apart that this no longer became a problem. Later, with the faster typewriters and today with super fast computers, that is no longer a problem. Still, the keyboard that was designed to slow down one fingered typists, is the standard that we use.
The key to understanding why typing on a QWERTY keyboard is bad is often missed by most people who write on the subject. The key is this. Although the QWERTY keyboard was invented in 1873, touch typing was not invented until 1888 by a man named Frank Edward McGurrin. He was a court stenographer who actually won $500 in a contest that was reported on extensively in the News Papers of the Day. It was a big deal. $500 in 1888 is the equivalent of over $10,000 in 2006. The key is this. Although touch typing was invented on a QWERTY keyboard. The QWERTY keyboard was not designed for touch typing. That came later on it 1932.
In 1932 August Dvorak did research on the most used letters in the English language. When he designed his keyboard he designed it for touch tying. He placed these letters in the home row where the fingers rest. An example of how much more efficient these arrangements are, is given through the following statistics. Using the Dvorak arrangement over 70% of the work is done in the home row. On the Qwerty keyboard only 32% is done in the home row. In the other rows the figures are equally amazing. In the top row the Dvorak keyboard requires that only 22% of the work be done. This compares with 52% in the top row of the Qwerty keyboard.
In the bottom row of the Dvorak keyboard only 8% of the work is done, while in the bottom row of the Qwerty keyboard 16% of the work is done. All of this means less jumping from row to row is done in the Dvorak keyboard. That produces this astonishing figure. In an eight hour day of typing a typists hands can move back and forth from row to row a total of from sixteen to twenty miles on the Qwerty keyboard. On a Dvorak keyboard the figure is less than one mile. That means that in one year on a Dvorak your fingers will travel 365 miles or less, but on a Qwerty your fingers will have traveled more than 5,840 miles back and forth between rows.
The figures on the Colemak keyboard are even more impressive even more work is done in the home row on a Colemak than an a Dvarak. Colemak places the 10 most common letters of English and Backspace on the home row. Colemak uses the home row 14% more than Dvorak, and 122% more than QWERTY. Colemak allows to type words such as “tenderheartednesses” on the home row. Same hand row jumping is outrageous on the QWERTY. On QWERTY 1500% more than Colemak. e.g. “minimum” on QWERTY. On Dvorak it’s about the same.
On Dvorak same finger typing happens 60% more than on Colemak, and on QWERTY 340% more than Colemak. e.g. “ceded” on QWERTY.
Your fingers need to travel just a fraction of the that they do in QWERTY. On Dvorak your fingers move 10% more (30% more for a 4% error rate), and on QWERTY 102% more than Colemak (118% more for a 4% error rate).
You may have noticed that the Dvorak arrangement is over 80 years old. At first it was a classified secret by the United States Navy. Why, you may ask is it not the standard that is now used on regular typewriters and keyboards? The answer to that question is that many people are afraid to learn to type over again because of all of the pain involved in learning the Qwerty keyboard.
Personally, I have not suffered from a single second of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) as I chose to take a voluntary F in my mandatory junior high school typing class because they refused to teach me how to type in Dvorak. I took the typing period as a free period. If you are in junior high or high school and they try to teach you to type in Qwerty boycott the class and do as I did take it as a free period. You will be doing yourself and your country a big favor.
I was slightly aware of people suffering from RSI but I never paid any attention to it as it was not personal. But after reading the facts concerning how big a problem it is my blood began to boil and I now know for a fact that the Qwerty keyboard is not an acceptable option for anyone.
Here are some of the facts. RSI is the number one work related problem in the world. By some estimates as much as 25 percent of all computer users suffer from .it. It causes an estimated 31 days of absence from work. The total health care cost is estimated at around 100 billion dollars a year. I have put a link to the most disturbing facts at the bottom of this post. .
I am planning a law suit over this issue and below I will show you some of the causes of action.
For those in the medical profession I realize that this post may increase malpractice law suits. But in the end it will free up the services of thousands of doctors, nurses, and assistants to get to work on real illness. The Qwerty problem is a blessing in disguise. Imagine 10,000 doctors freed to solve problems such as muscular distrophy which is a personal concern of mine as my mother died from Lou Gherig’s disease.
Mother and Me
May she rest in peace knowing that her promise has been kept. As a child beside teaching me to love Jesus, Mother said one thing to me that was passed to her from her mother Granny Berta, I now pass on to every mom and dad on earth. She said: “I may not be able to leave you much money, but I will make sure to give you a good education.”
The education that my mother gave me was so good that I passed the member given Mensa (Genius) Test by giving a unique answer. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree from Rutgers University and I completed my first year of law school at Boalt Hall of The University of California, Berkeley.
The following three causes of action and one for judicial remedy were suggested by my friend Ken Kress. Ken is a former law professor at the University of Iowa.
The first cause of action is Strict Product Liability.
Rather than focus on the behavior of the manufacturer (as in negligence), strict liability claims focus on the product itself
Under strict liability, the manufacturer is liable if the product is defective, even if the manufacturer was not negligent in making that product defective.  Failure-to-warn defects arise in products that carry inherent nonobvious dangers which could be mitigated through adequate warnings to the user, and these dangers are present regardless of how well the product is manufactured and designed for its intended purpose.
design defect, strict liability for defective design
Design defects occur where the product design is inherently dangerous or useless (and hence defective) no matter how carefully manufactured; this may be demonstrated either by showing that the product fails to satisfy ordinary consumer expectations as to what constitutes a safe product, or that the risks of the product outweigh its benefits. Qwerty was designed in 1873 for two fingers typists on machines that were mechanical, hence the staggered layout of the standard Qwerty keyboard. The placement of the letters on the keyboard was to move the most used letters in the English language as far apart as possible to prevent jamming of the mechanical typewriter.
a failure to warn (also known as marketing defects).
However, in most states, these are not legal claims in and of themselves, but are pleaded in terms of the theories mentioned above. For example, a plaintiff might plead negligent failure to warn or strict liability for defective design.
The second cause of action is negligence.
A basic negligence claim consists of proof of
1. a duty owed, to inform the public of the existence of Colemak
2. a breach of that duty, no manufacturers alerted people to the existence of Colemak or Dvorak.
3. the breach was the cause in fact of the plaintiff’s injury (actual cause) Qwerty can be proven to be the principle factor in some RSI’s such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
4. the breach proximately caused the plaintiff’s injury. Had the patients known about Dvorak or Colemak and its ability to prevent, alleviate, or cure Carpal Tunnel Syndrome they might have chosen to use one of them thereby preventing the fake disease
5. and the plaintiff suffered actual quantifiable injury (damages). As is indicated by the fact that in 1994 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome caused 14% of all doctors visits and 19% of all hospital
Even if there is no negligence, however, public policy demands that responsibility be fixed wherever it will most effectively reduce the hazards to life and health inherent in defective products that reach the market. It is evident that the manufacturer can anticipate some hazards and guard against the recurrence of others, as the public cannot. Those who suffer injury from defective products are unprepared to meet its consequences. The cost of an injury and the loss of time or health may be an overwhelming misfortune to the person injured, and a needless one, for the risk of injury can be insured by the manufacturer and distributed among the public as a cost of doing business.
It is to the public interest to discourage the marketing of products having defects that are a menace to the public. If such products nevertheless find their way into the market it is to the public interest to place the responsibility for whatever injury they may cause upon the manufacturer, who, even if he is not negligent in the manufacture of the product, is responsible for its reaching the market. However intermittently such injuries may occur and however haphazardly they may strike, the risk of their occurrence is a constant risk and a general one. Against such a risk there should be general and constant protection and the manufacturer is best situated to afford such protection.
The third cause of action is warranty
Warranties are statements by a manufacturer or seller concerning a product during a commercial transaction. Warranty claims commonly require privity between the injured party and the manufacturer or seller; in plain English, this means they must be dealing with each other directly. Breach of warranty-based product liability claims usually focus on one of three types: (1) breach of an express warranty, (2) breach of an implied warranty of merchantability, and (3) breach of an implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.
An implied warranty in the case of Qwerty is that it won’t harm you to touch type on a Qwerty keyboard.
Before actually forcing the Qwerty mess into a court case there are a couple of ways to go about changing the standard lettering found on keyboards from a single standard to a dual standard. The first is grass roots action and word of mouth or social networking action. You can help. Simply like or share this page on facebook, twitter or other social networking platform. You will find social networking buttons in the right column towards the top of the page.
The second is by having me join the committee that standardizes Information Technology on an International level. To do this I must first raise the necessary 3,000 dollars that it will take to pay for membership and teleconferencing equipment. Membership costs 1,200 per committee and there are two commitees that I should join. One deals with the layout of things like keyboards and the other deals with the physical form of equipment.
At first I was mainly concerned with the speed and ease of typing that the Colemak was able to produce along with the facts about the trillions of dollars that it could save in terms of productivity. After hearing about the physical problems and costs in terms of missing days from work, (31 days average), I have shifted focus. I realize now that the fight for Colemak has to be mounted on all fronts.
Click Here for a background on the problem as it existed as far back as 1990.
Should you decide to purchase the Kinesis keyboard through the above links I will earn a commission. Please note, to use the keyboards you will need to download the Colemak version with Caps lock unchanged. Click Here to Download.