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Shipping/Handling Charges

We ship our Get Acquainted Packages and Hub Key Sensors by Priority Mail. Shipping/Handling for a Get Acquainted Package is $7.50. Shipping/Handling for a Hub Key Sensor Kit is $5.50.

For orders of books or for our 15 station or 5 station class packs, the Shipping/Handling charge is 10%. These orders should be sent to our office by Fax or US Mail.


All sales are final

Can I use Hub Key Sensors on my DeskTop computer or my Laptop?

Yes. The Sensors fit on all major brand keyboards. Our Sensors are important because the size, shape and additional keys on various keyboards distort the alignment of the keyboard with the body, and cause hand position errors due to hand-drift and hand-pulloff. Our Sensors maintain correct hand position and prevent these hand-drift and hand pulloff errors.

Can I use Hub Key Sensors on my LapTop computer?

Yes. If you will use our Hub Key Sensors on a laptop computer, be careful to avoid damaging the screen. Laptops have been getting thinner and have less space for the Sensors between the keys and the screen. There is also a technique for making sure that there is adequate clearance between the Sensors and the screen. Phone us (520-792-2550) and we will tell you how to check for clearance. You use the Sensors on a laptop at your own risk. We are not liable if you put the Sensors on your laptop and you damage your screen.

Do Hub Key Sensors work for people who already touch type?

Yes. The Sensors significantly increase speed and accuracy.


Who can learn to keyboard with the HERZOG SYSTEM of KEYBOARDING?

All students with hand and finger mobility, including elementary, secondary, physically handicapped, special ed, business and bilingual students, and all adults, professional computer operators, executives, retirees.

Can I buy the HERZOG SYSTEM in a store or from a catalog company or dealer?

No. All our sales are direct between the school/district or individual customer and our office. In school purchasing terminology, Herzog Keyboarding is the "Sole Source" of the HERZOG SYSTEM. (Sole Source letters are available for your school purchasing department.) The Learning Materials and related materials are copyrighted, and the HUB KEY® Sensors are patented.

My address is outside the U.S. Can you send your products to me?

At this time, our shipping program is for sales and shipping to U.S. addresses only.

If you do not have a U.S. address, please send us an email with your name, address, province, country, postal code, phone number and email address, and we will inform you of the Shipping Charges.

Information about Keyboarding

Keyboarding vs. Typing: What is the difference between keyboarding and typing?

No difference. Typing was the word used for working with typewriters. Keyboarding is the word used for working with computer keyboards.

What is “hunt & peck”?

“Hunt & Peck” is typing with one or two fingers. For almost everyone, “hunt & peck” is very slow and very inaccurate. Keyboarding is faster and more accurate

Is ‘home row’ the same as QWERTY?

No, they are not the same. Many people have been misinformed and use the terms interchangeably. QWERTY refers to the letter arrangement on the keyboard, and is explained below. The ‘home row’ method was written in 1883 by a business school owner. It was originally called the “Eight Finger Method” because the 8 fingers were anchored on 8 keys in the middle row of the keyboard (ASDF JKL;). We have discarded the ‘home row’ method because it requires too long to teach, uses ‘drill & kill’ drudgery that students dislike, and because it never had any sound biomechanical or educational foundation.

Is the QWERTY letter arrangement of the keyboard better then other letter arrangements? What are their origins & what should be used?

QWERTY is the International standard keyboard arrangement. (The top row of letters from left to right is QWERTY). It was developed by the inventor and manufacturer of the typewriter (Sholes & Remington) in about 1875. This arrangement was created to enable typists to type faster by eliminating type bar jams. (There is a myth that QWERTY was done to slow down the operators. That myth is totally false.) The QWERTY arrangement was actually the result of rearranging the type bars in the type bar basket so that the type bars for frequently used letters would go to the platen strike point from different angles, and thereby reduce the jamming that occurred with frequent letters moving from the same angle. People can type very fast with QWERTY. Even on those old typewriters people were typing over 80 words a minute. There aren’t many people who can make their fingers fly faster than that. Manufacturers of computers sell them with the QWERTY letter arrangement on the keyboard. It has survived because it works well.

Dvorak is a different letter arrangement that was developed by August Dvorak in about 1935. It has never been popular. Every few years someone ‘discovers’ Dvorak, kicks up some dust, and then it dies again. In the 1980’s some corporations tried Dvorak keyboards. The results were not effective. They have returned to using the QWERTY arrangement.

In the 1980’s, stock brokers tried keyboards that had the letters in alphabetic sequence. The stockbrokers also have returned to using QWERTY.

What should schools teach?

The most important consideration for our schools is to prepare the kids for the real world. In the real world, the QWERTY letter sequence is the U.S. and the International Standard layout. Schools should prepare students to use the U.S. and International standard. If the schools teach alternative key arrangements, when the kids go to the library, work or anyplace where there are computers, they will find a QWERTY keyboard layout that they do not know how to use. QWERTY WORKS WELL, especially when the students understand its origin and fundamentals.

How is the HERZOG SYSTEM used in high school business ed and vocational classes?

Historically, business ed and vocational classes have used the old ‘home row’ method that is slow drudgery, and uses drill and kill tactics, is very discouraging, and has caused many students to drop out of typing class. Instead of using the old ‘home row’ drill and kill approach, progressive business ed and vocational teachers use the HERZOG SYSTEM to teach keyboarding in only a couple of weeks, and then they use the time they saved to teach applications.

What is “TTWWADI” (twa dee)?

‘TTWWADI’ is the acronym for “ That’s the way we’ve always done it”. The best example is when you ask someone why they teach ‘home row’ when it does not now and never did make any sense and it takes so long to teach it. Their only answer is “That’s the way we’ve always done it” — and that is not an acceptable answer.

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