The reason why modern keyboards are in QWERTY layout [Infographic]


I’ve always wondered why QWERTY. Now I know why.

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  1. davidroper

    None of this is true, the Qwerty keyboard was invented for two reasons.

    The first reason is to give users a neat, easy password to use that no one can possibly guess. This phenomenon occurs mostly in large corporate settings where only the brightest people are hired to work with computers and server terminals.

    The second reason that the keyboard exists is to give manufacturers jobs to build new one and sell them to support our economy when coffee and drinks are spilled into them. Sometimes a real bonus is obtained when the shorted keyboard gets fried along with taking out the computer with it. That creates even more opportunity for PC sales and economical growth.

    Hurray for the Qwerty (uiop) keyboard.

  2. gathome

    Now that you’ve learned about the old and the bad, why not do a piece on the cure for the QWERTY keyboard? That’ll be the Dvorak keyboard, invented to place the typist’s fingers in the most efficient manner – 90% of typing is done on the home row. If you learn the Dvorak layout, you can dedicate your QWERTY board using the settings in Windows to type with Dvorak. Check it out!

  3. Darcy

    Interesting. Back in High School typing class they told me it was to place the most commonly used characters within easy reach but separate the ones used together most to avoid keys jamming. That still happened occasionally though.

  4. Mags

    Just to add another piece of useless info (that many of use tend to store in our brains, LOL) that the creator of the info graphic missed.

    QWERTY was also developed to slow down typists because the type of keys used at the time kept getting jammed when one typed to fast.

    As for the paper getting jammed, that is a new one for me as I never heard of it before, but it seems to be less likely a reason than the keys jamming.

    BTW, I learned to type on old typewriter, and not an electric one. That was around the time that electric typewriters were new, expensive and a novelty.