Kenyon Ralph

Dvorak keyboard

Notes on how to switch between Dvorak and QWERTY keyboard layouts in various environments.

Also notes on my progress toward becoming a proficient Dvorak touch typist.

  1. Mac OS X
  2. Xorg
  3. Linux
    1. Debian, Ubuntu
  4. FreeBSD
  5. Solaris
  6. Progress
  7. See also

Mac OS X

  1. System Preferences -> International -> Input Menu.
  2. Check Dvorak and US Extended.
  3. Check “Show input menu in menu bar”.
  4. Set keyboard shortcut to switch between the two to Option-Command-Space.


Temporarily switch in Xorg:


Debian, Ubuntu

Permanent switch in Xorg: sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg and say dvorak for keyboard layout.

Some HAL thing involving cp /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-keymap.fdi /etc/hal/fdi/policy/(?)

Console: sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup

Linux kernel keymap: sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-data




See also

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