I've been experimenting on these two layouts for some time now.
The main reason I've been doing this is because I'm a huge fan of life hacks & progress. To be honest, just 'cuz something is the standard, it does not mean that it is the best.
Perhaps a brief overview is in order as some who see this may not even be aware of what I'm on about. QWERTY remains the current standard on keyboards due to the fact that it was invented with the typewriter. The main reason for its invention was to help the mechanics of the typewriter function without a problem. This of course, meant that typing was purposely made inefficient for the sake of progress. More about this is easily available on the web.
In the 1930s, a scientist called August Dvorak, invented a new kind of typewriter keyboard that aimed to remove the strains, aches faced by typists at that time and improve the speed & accuracy. The result was the Dvorak layout, but the claims met with a whole load of opposition. QWERTY still won the vote due to the amount of people that were already using it. The Dvorak layout achieves a good deal of comfort. Most of the common letters in used in the language lie on the home row. Dvorak also achieves more hand alteration. More on the Dvorak layout can be found at (http://www.dvzine.org/zine/index.html) The main reason for it not becoming a norm is the amount of time a QWERTY typist needs to adjust to it. Dvorak is a standard alternative layout available on any OS.
Invented in 2006, Colemak (colemak.com) is a fascinating layout which tries to the same as the Dvorak layout, but has a layout much closer to QWERTY. Again more available on (http://colemak.com/wiki/index.php?title=FAQ#What_is_Colemak.3F)
That aside, I'm having trouble choosing the layout for me. Colemak makes the normal keyboard shortcuts more easier. With Dvorak, I loose the shortcuts, but I feel typing more easier. I've been using the Colemak layout for some time and for some reason, I'm just not getting the placement of the letters.
What I like about Dvorak was that I was able to learn the layout very easily. Perhaps that hand alteration helps. Since the main shortcut keys are moved more to the right on Dvorak, I've tried to use the left hand mouse.
I want to make Colemak work, but I'm just struggling so much.