Keyboard layouts

With The Typing Cat you can learn following keyboard layouts:

Qwerty keyboard layout


Qwerty is the most common widespread modern-day keyboard layout. Which was created in the early 1870s. It originally was design for typewriters to address specific problem - "prevent jamming". Because of that it keeps the most frequently used keys apart from each other.

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Dvorak keyboard layout


Dvorak was created in 1930 and patented in 1936 by Dr. August Dvorak. It proponents claim this layout uses less finger motion, increases typing rate and reduces errors compared to Qwerty.

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Colemak keyboard layout


Colemak is a keyboard layout created for touch typing in English. It is designed to be a practical alternative to the Qwerty and Dvorak keyboard layouts. It was released on 01-Jan-2006 and boasted impressive metrics in terms of finger travel, hand alternation, and same finger frequency. Colemak is the 3rd most popular keyboard layout for touch typing in English, after QWERTY and Dvorak.

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Workman keyboard layout


Workman is a keyboard layout optimized for horizontal and vertical finger stretching. It accounts for wrist movement to the middle columns and the reaching and folding preferences of each finger. Workman was created and released by OJ Bucao on Labor Day in honor of all who type on keyboards for a living. See more on

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Layout Distance Same Hand Same Finger Top Row Home Row Bottom Row Diff Qwerty
Qwerty 166530m - 100% 34.06% 5.079% 47.53% 35.75% 16.19% 0
Dvorak 95356m - 57% 23.31% 2.442% 21.75% 69.67% 8.39% 31 letters
Colemak 90016m - 54% 31.80% 1.756% 16.46% 72.62% 10.39% 17 letters
Workman 88027m - 52% 33.48% 2.436% 19.76% 67.09% 12.63% 21 letters
Statistics were made base on concatenated text of 6 english books taken from Project Gutenberg. Concatenated text is about 4,3MB.
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • War of the Worlds
  • Moby Dick
  • The Republic by Plato
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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