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Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareOther - Hardware · 1 decade ago

Why is the keyboard not in ABC order?

Just wondering!!! Thanks

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Most Keyboards today use the qwerty layout (Q-W-E-R-T-Y). This was mainly because of design problems in early typewriters, but since computers were invented, the QWERTY layout was no longer necessary, but it stayed just the same. the following from Wikipedia:

    "Most of the more common keyboard layouts (QWERTY-based and similar) were designed in the era of the mechanical typewriters, so their ergonomics had to be slightly compromised in order to tackle some of the mechanical limitations of the typewriter.

    As the letter-keys were attached to levers that needed to move freely, inventor Christopher Sholes developed the QWERTY layout to reduce the likelihood of jamming. With the advent of computers, lever jams are no longer an issue, but nevertheless, QWERTY layouts were adopted for electronic keyboards because they were widely used. Alternative layouts such as the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard and Colemak are not in widespread use."

  • 1 decade ago

    It's supposed to be designed so that typing could be easier. But that's not true. It takes a lot of effort to type most simple English words. It's called QWERTY because those are the first letters of the keyboard.

  • 1 decade ago

    It used to be back in the typewriter days. But people got to typing so fast the stamp arms would always jam. So the cure was to randomize the keys to slow people down. Now with computers it dosent matter either way

  • 1 decade ago

    QWERTY was organized to be inefficient, to keep typewriters from jamming up. Now that we have computers, there's a much more efficient format, dvorak, which is the most efficient.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it is organized by the most frequently used keys in the home row. It is meant to make typing easier.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yep that is what the type writter's of "old days" did.

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