Talk:Dvorak encoding

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First off -- I'm the 'Legoguy' that was mentioned in a previous version of this article as being the first to give this encoding its name. Not sure how to put this, but there *are* no sources other than myself and the previously mentioned IRC channel. It was an original idea by me, and I did not know about any previous incarnations of it, so I posted it here. Therefore, Wikipedia is getting it right from the source; me. If IRC logs can be considered a source, then I can post them here.

Legoguy 21:54, 19 March 2006 (UTC)


After finding the original-research policy, I have begun work on an external page dedicated to Dvorak encoding and will cite that as a source soon. I hadn't seen the 'no original research' policy when this was posted. Sorry about this.

Legoguy 22:09, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

This is certainly cool, but it isn't original[edit]

I've been using this sort of encryption since I started using the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard in, uh, the summer of 2003. I have a few considerations I made, and I'm going to revise the Wikipedia article so they fit in. Also, I'm going to write about the weakness and real application for it, plus interlink it with a few more cryptography-related articles. I hope you don't mind. I won't shatter your idea of becoming a great inventor, but consider what it is you're claiming is copyright you: A name to something as simple as typing on the wrong keyboard. (I "invented" it after forgetting several times which keyboard layout I was using.) Cheers. Doc Daneeka 14:07, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Using for passwords[edit]

I don't think this is worth mentioning in the article (and at the moment is "original research" anyway), but I've used this to make passwords that are safer from dictionary attacks. I can use an easy to remember word/phrase as my password, but type it with Dvorak on a QWERTY keyboard so the actual password typed will not come out as words. Although if someone knew I could type Dvorak, they could apply this encryption to their dictionary.

A similar method of encryption that I've used is to type, with any layout, with one's fingers placed somewhere other than the home keys. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fosterd2 (talkcontribs) 09:42, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Reversability[edit]

The one where the Dvorak layout is used on a QWERTY keyboard can be added to the one where a QWERTY layout is used on a Dvorak keyboard, since they are not each other's opposites in terms of decoding.

I believe this sentence to be incorrect. If you type q with Qwerty hands on a Dvorak keyboard, you get ' (apostrophe). If you type ' (apostrophe) with Dvorak hands on a Qwerty keyboard, you get q again. So the same function to encode one will decode the other, thus nesting the functions D2Q(Q2D("string")) will output "string" again. ~ 71.210.199.125 (talk) 19:29, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

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