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11/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Keyboard Controversy: 'Dvorak' Users Protest 'Qwerty' Layouts For Smart Phones

The Dvorak keyboard layout, though around for decades, is as little-known among the general typing population as it is passionately embraced by its devotees. It is to the keyboard what Esperanto is to language and Betamax to videotape. Fans say it lets them type at blazing fast speeds, with less strain on their hands and wrists than typing on a conventional keyboard.

Nobody else cares. From the start, Dvorak enthusiasts have had to fight for respect. It took decades before the Dvorak layout was officially recognized by the American National Standards Institute as an alternative to qwerty. Now Dvorak lovers find themselves in a familiar storyline: A new platform has emerged where typing is essential -- the smart phone -- and the Dvorak layout is once again ignored.

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