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What would a keyboard built for speed be like?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19441points) July 15th, 2017

I heard that the Qwerty keyboards were made to slow down a typist for a manual typewriter. What would a keyboard built for fast typing be? What would the max words per minute WMP be?

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Jeruba's avatar

That would be the Dvorak keyboard, patented in 1936. It has its fans, but it has never caught on.

LostInParadise's avatar

I was looking for a link to say that the Qwerty keyboard was deliberately designed to slow down typing to avoid key jams on mechanical typewriters. I found this and this instead, which says that the Dvorak is not faster and that the design of the Qwerty was done for the benefit Morse code telegraphers.

AshlynM's avatar

Numbers at the top and the letters arranged alphabetically, like I always thought they should be.

CWOTUS's avatar

A keyboard built for speed would probably not even be “a board” as we currently know it, but more like a glove, or even two gloves. That way a writer could pick out keys (uppercase and lower), symbols, numbers and control sequences in 3D.

Obviously, it should also be highly customizable, so that individual typists could change keystrokes / locations depending on their own preference, and it should “recognize” the user who wears it, so that the customization is seamless and fast.

Pachy's avatar

Forget keyboards. Let’s have perfect voice recognition.

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