Those ‘nice people’ at ‘Texperts’ fed me bad information. Following a suggestion that Mark Kislington used a Stenotype (NOT a Dvorak as Texperts claimed) I wrote to the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Their response was:
Mark Kislingbury achieved the Guinness record using a stenotype machine, which uses a keyboard originally designed by Ward Stone Ireland nearly 100 years ago. Here are links with more information:
I’ve struck through the bad info in the original post and have amended it accordingly. Apologies for polluting the blogosphere :(
Two of the links in the NCRA quote above are now dead, so I’ve unlinked them.
Various other minor amendments also made to this post.
I have just had the following confirmed by the nice people at ‘Texperts’:
Gregory Arakelian (USA), of Herndon, Virginia, holds the Guinness World Record for a standard keyboard
(i.e. QWERTY) (- possibly a Dvorak?). He set a speed record of 158 wpm, with two errors, on a personal computer in the Key Tronic World Invitational Type-Off. He recorded this speed in the semi-final, in a three-minute test, on 24 September 1991.
Mark Kislingbury of Houston, Texas, USA holds the Guinness World Record for using
the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard a stenotype machine. The National Court Reporters Association speed and real-time champion achieved 360 words per minute with 97.23% accuracy, at the NCRA 2004 summer convention on 30 July 2004. QWERTY‘Standard keyboard’: 158 wpm, DvorakStenotype: 360 wpm.
OK, perhaps his accuracy wasn’t that hot, but Mark’s keyboard must have been!
There’s more info on the Dvorak keyboard layout in The Technical Geekery, in case you’re interested.