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Interesting reads by other authors, and some by myself. Also see the Colemak Discord #handy-links channel.

The page mostly holds handy Colemak-related links.

Colemak Design FAQ and the in-depth Colemak Design writeup by Shai Coleman himself. This is the authoritative description of the layout's design, in case you missed it.

"On the Prehistory of QWERTY", a scientific paper giving a credible history of how QWERTY became what it is back in the late 1800s. There are many myths and this paper deals with them. Quote: "The keyboard [...] changed into QWERTY, first to receive telegraphs, then to thrash out a compromise between inventors and producers..."

1870 Sholes keyboard layout

A QWERTY layout predecessor from 1870. Keys that are the same in today's QWERTY are marked in gray.
Note how the vowels and consonants are simply sorted alphabetically, the right-hand top and bottom row in reverse.

How did the QWERTY keyboard become so popular? is a more popularized BBC News article on QWERTY history with some Dvorak added.

Why we can't give up this odd way of typing, a BBC Worklife article; all in all, a good read. And it's got appearances both by Shai Coleman and the CarpalX guy!

No Big Deal and Will Colemak Destroy My QWERTY Skills? by our Discord champion, NottNott the "KnotNottNott-But-Not-NottNottBot" ^_^

Banish Key Chords by Xah Lee. The relationship between chording (such as holding Ctrl+Shift then hitting a key) and sequences (such as hitting one or more dead keys and/or a sticky shift then another key) is worth giving a thought.

The Typing Training page holds further links to and examples of expert typing tips from masters like Viper, Jashe and Sean Wrona.

The Dreamer's Compass is actually not about typing, at least not directly! It's a writeup about Mindfulness meditation the DreymaR way. _/|\_

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