Why Are Keyboards QWERTY? [Pic]

Submitted by: iansquall 2 years ago in Tech

Funfact: You can type the word ""TYPEWRITER"" using only the top row of lkeys on your keyboard. The more you know...
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Female 2,691
Dear God, if I have to learn a new keyboard layout, it will be all hunt and peck from them on.
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Male 2,850
I`ve had people try to sell me the idea of the Dvorak layout before. They wouldn`t accept my response that I`d probably lose more time in relearning to type with the new layout than I`d ever gain in my lifetime with the faster typing speed.

It`s the same argument I have with those espousing Linux/Unix as being more efficient than Windows: the time I spend relearning the different computer skills needed is going to cancel out any long-term gain.
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Male 15,832
Back in the early 90s I had a Northgate OmniKey keyboard that could be set to Dvorak by changing a DIP switch and rearranging the key caps. It also had function keys across the top AND down the left side, and you could program the Caps Lock key to work as the Ctrl key like on an old XT keyboard. That keyboard is long since dead, but I still have the tool that came with it for pulling the key caps.
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Male 15
Colemak ErgoDox!
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Male 2,675
Yeah, other layouts are better, but QWERTY is the VHS of layouts ... it won.
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Male 2,675
That`s what I`d always heard too - they put keys commonly used together at the reach of the "same finger" to slow the typist down and prevent jams. It`s hard to jam up R, F and V for instance because you use the index finger for them all so they have to be pressed consecutively, not simultaneously.

I sure as hell don`t miss how HARD you had to type on a real typewriter. I still really get bangin` when I`m typing something lengthy and people think I`m going to bust the keyboard.
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Male 17,511
Wrong. The layout was made to slow down typists because the keys were getting jammed together.



It didn`t speed up typists at all. Later when computers took over, the DVORAK style tried to make a resurgence because it was much faster.

But the QWERTY style has imbedded itself so deeply it will remain the standard.
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Male 122
That`s why August Dvorak suggested a more efficient und user friendly keyboard layout in 1932. Dvorak keyboards are widely available, but still used by only few.
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Female 4,084
@listypoos. you are correct. i learned to type on an old manual and while never fast, i jammed up the keys at least once per day.
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Male 2,332
AZERTY FTW!
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Male 7,031

So it appears that the legend of Reginald Qwerty being given the keyboard setup by angels in a dream is just another tall tale.

Anybody remember the "Monk" promo that had Adrian removing the letters from his keyboard and replacing them in alphabetical order?
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Male 210
Like DUH!!!
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Male 3,147
I thought it was the little metal hammers holding the letters that jammed on old keyboards, not the paper underneath.
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Male 140
I`d learn a new typing layout if they became more widely available. I read somewhere that the world record for typing speed was all done on a keyboard formatted on a non-querty.
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Male 1,497
Neat
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Female 601
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