The Story Behind QWERTY – Why Keyboards Aren’t in Alphabetical Order

CNNs The Story Behind QWERTY describes the origins of the QWERTY keyboard and why it is still the standard on computer keyboards today..

Reflecting to my intermediate school typing class (done on electrical typewriters, not computers) I remember questioning why the keyboard wasnt organized in alphabetical order. I was recently advised of that when my five-year-old asked me the very same question. I understood that the answer was related to the frequency of use of specific letters and also the early constraints of typewriter keyboard setups. To get a much better response I turned to YouTube where I understood I had seen a video on the topic not that long earlier..

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