The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard

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Learning to type in the Dvorak keyboard layout, as powerful and exciting as it is, took a backseat during Nanowrimo (whose challenge was to meet an in-one-month word-count of 50,000 words).  However, something lingered on:

That was the settings I’d introduced to my computer—and as such, I’d find myself occasionally typing things in the wrong layout—sometimes in Dvorak when I meant to be in Qwerty—all this being interesting because of the fact that I’d set up a quick shortcut to switch between formats on my Mac.

One time I had a run-in with this cross-over problem, and I found myself groping about for a solution.

The problem?  I’d typed a paragraph of my novel (or some other significant writing) and had done it in Dvorak, when I’d been thinking in Qwerty. Now what was I to do?  My text might have looked something like this:

Yd. lprxn.mZ  C-e yfl.e a lapaipald ru mf brk.n (rp orm. ryd.p ocibcucjaby ,pcycbi) abe dae erb. cy cb Ekrpatw ,d.b C-e x..b ydcbtcbi cb “,.pyfv Br, ,day ,ao C yr erZ  Mf y.qy mcidy dak. nrrt.e orm.ydcbi nct. ydcoS

Here’s something that solved the problem—I had to translate it.  Let’s thank Will for providing a solution:

Will’s Qwerty to Dvorak Converter.
So, if you’re ever stuck with malfunctional text—here’s where to go!

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