Archive for September, 2008

More quotes, more plays, and more speed

Posted on September 30, 2008. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

September has been rather quiet on this blog, but things have been heating up on TypeRacer with almost exactly 1 million games played this month!  We’re ending September with some major improvements to the site.  While you won’t actually notice many of these changes, they are acting behind the scenes to make TypeRacer work faster and more reliably than ever.

One thing you will notice is that we’ve added more quotes – 40% more!  You’ll see new quotes from movies like The Godfather, The Dark Knight, V for Vendetta, and Sexy Beast.  A broad range of books including classics like Discourse on Method, Animal Farm, and the The Great Gatsby, more recent masterpieces like Slaughterhouse Five and The Alchemist, topped off with a few titles most relevant to current events, like The Limits Of Power and Bonfire of the Vanities.  Many of these quotes were contributed by racers like you.

Now you also get to see your accuracy at the end of the race.  Accuracy has a significant impact on your overall typing speed and will be highlighted red if it’s below 98%.  See if you can get it in the green!  Accuracy is calculated as the ratio of mistyped characters over the total number of characters in the text.

We’ve also compiled a large selection of texts about typing.  We read several “learn how to type” books from different decades and looked at some historical perspectives on the origins and longevity of the Qwerty keyboard.  The Greatest Stories Never Told, for instance, claims that other keyboard layouts, like Dvorak, “are demonstrably more efficient, but the original continues to thrive,” due to “the power of inertia and the reward of being first,” while Famous Fables of Economics argues the opposite: that the Qwerty keyboard has withstood the test of time and that “the best-documented experiments, as well as recent ergonomic studies, suggest little or no advantage for the Dvorak keyboard.”

We hope you enjoy the new texts!

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