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

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

Believing back to my intermediate school typing class (done on electrical typewriters, not computer systems) I remember wondering why the keyboard wasnt set up in alphabetical order. I was recently reminded of that when my five-year-old asked me the exact same question. I knew that the answer was related to the frequency of usage of particular letters and likewise the early constraints of typewriter keyboard configurations. To get a much better response I turned to YouTube where I understood I had seen a video on the subject not that long earlier..

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