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Let’s Talk About QWERTY

If you look at your keyboard and read the letters from the top left-hand side, you will see the letters QWERTY. This is known as kwirti. If you look at another device that has a keyboard, this could be your smartphone, it will have the same letters. The keyboard isn’t physical but the virtual keyboard will have the same letters. Let’s talk about the history of kwirti and some fun facts about it.

The History Behind QWERTY

Christopher Latham Sholes had developed the original layout of QWERTY. In 1867 he had filed a patent application for the first version of what we know now as a typewriter. It took a few tries and modifications, however, in 1878, he was granted a patent. This is where the QWERTY keyboard had originated.

So why did he choose to do it this way and not simply ABCDE? Simple, the layout was developed specifically for typewriters. When you pressed a key on a typewriter, the arm would move up to press the paper. When someone would type fast, the arms could become jammed very easily. This is what drove Sholes to look at some common letter combinations. He was placing these common combinations far apart to avoid jams. This would also help make typing more efficient. Keep in mind that the QWERTY keyboard was designed to slow down typists to help avoid jams as well.

It wasn’t until Remington had adopted this layout for their typewriters that the QWERTY keyboard had become popular. Plus, Sholes had made it easy to type out typewriter by only using the top row of your keyboard.

You may also notice that keyboards are not perfectly aligned. Most keyboards will have a slight slant in one direction or the other. This slant will also go back to the original typewriter. The keys would have to be offset like they are on your keyboard, to avoid jams and the arms running into each other. While this is not necessary today, we still keep the slanted design.

Fun Facts About the QWERTY Keyboard

Wednesday, March 18th 2020