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Why is a keyboard set out as it is "qwerty"?

Asked by azwilson (35 points ) April 3rd, 2012 from iPhone
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King_Pariah's avatar

Wikipedia has some decent info on QWERTY

wundayatta's avatar

It was designed to slow people down. Otherwise, back in the days of manual typewriters, people would type so fast, the keys would hit each other and get stuck. If you make the little fingers do a lot of extra work, you can slow people down and keep the typewriters working.

Of course, it’s not a problem any more, but everyone has been trained on the QWERTY keyboard, and changing would be difficult. Kind of like switching from miles to kilometers, only worse.

gambitking's avatar

It wasn’t really designed to slow anyone down , it was just a way to keep the most common keys from getting tangled up with each other.

wundayatta's avatar

Semantics. If you type too fast, the thingies with the letters on them get all jammed up.

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