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

Thinking back to my intermediate school typing class (done on electric typewriters, not computers) I remember questioning why the keyboard wasnt set up in alphabetical order. When my five-year-old asked me the very same question, I was recently advised of that. I knew that the answer was connected to the frequency of usage of specific letters and likewise the early restrictions of typewriter keyboard configurations. To get a much better response I turned to YouTube where I knew I had actually seen a video on the topic not that long back..

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

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