I have no idea what secretary training is, but it's irrelevant.
An experienced typist is one who doesn't look at the keyboard, types at a certain minimum speed (let's say at least 300 characters/minute*), and presumably uses all of their available fingers to do so. If one manages to type 300 CPM with just two or four fingers I imagine it to be closer to a top speed than a minimum speed.**
I disagree with your suggestion that a method involving more than just a few fingers wouldn't be similar to your prescription image at least in principle. Although the physical layout of the keyboard is somewhat suboptimal, having more or less dedicated finger areas is surely the fastest and most efficient.
The kind of training that gets you a certificate about your typing skills. A certified typist.
Is the speed measured backspacing excluded? I.e. the characters that one must delete due to mistyping are not counted as typed, right?
I have to pay more attention to how I normally type, but I am not aware of having assigned specific territories to fingers on the keyboard. It seems to me I can hit any key with any finger - currently convenient finger in the course of the sequence, that is. Middle fingers do most of the work and little fingers least, but none is idle.
Quote from: ersi on 2015-06-14, 17:51:31The kind of training that gets you a certificate about your typing skills. A certified typist.As long as you meet the requirements for speed and accuracy your methods don't matter. In any event, I suppose I have one of those from about twenty years ago.
In the event that I do make a typo, I also tend to correct it before I even become aware of it.
Having your middle fingers do most of the work doesn't sound natural to me. You'll notice that people who type with two or four fingers do most of their typing by index finger. Perhaps your middle fingers are unnaturally dexterous?
One is the standard prescribed way, to assign territories on the keyboard for each finger. The other is patterns of convenience where every next key is pressed with a different finger.
The reason you use the natural (ahem, "prescribed" ) way is because otherwise you have no idea where your fingers are. That is, it's the F and J keys from which everything logically derives.
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