Subject: Re: Rob Pike article
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/06/16
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Friedrich Dominicus <>
| Now it's not too difficult to improve on typing speed and accuracy.

  You'd think it would be worth the investment in time and effort to
  learn to type really fast and accurately, but people don't do this,
  even when they are working in environments where typing speed has
  become the predominant productivity factor.

  Most people think much faster than they type, but they also find
  that the computer is not responding fast enough, so there's no point
  in typing at maximum speed.

| In fact all the programmers I've seen which I regard as good are
| quite fast and accurat typers.  It's interesting to see what happens
| if they find a keyboard which does not have the characters at the
| places they expect them to be.  But I guess that's going off-topic
| here.

  Heh, I get completely lost when the keyboard is wrong, like having a
  Norwegian layout.  The QWERTY keyboard is also wrong: Parentheses
  have no business being shifted, we have much less need for [ and ]
  than parens, and { and } are useless unless you are C-damaged, and :
  and ; are swapped, and so are + and =, ` and ~, and ' and ".  OK, so
  I hae made myself efficient on my keyboard, but it's hard to use
  somebody else's "standard" keyboard...

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.