QWERTY keyboard trivia

Wikipedia says: “QWERTY is a keyboard design for Latin-script alphabets. The name comes from the order of the first six keys on the top left letter row of the keyboard. The QWERTY design is based on a layout created for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to E. Remington and Sons in 1873.”

We all use it to type letters, emails, and documents But there is a trivia about the keyboard that very few of us may be knowing.

People boast about their writing speed on a typewriter or keyboard. Mine is 40wpm which helps me get my work done fast enough. But, the fact is that the QWERTY keyboard was actually developed to slow down typing speed.

Typing speed is even a competitive advantage for some jobs to have faster and accurate typing skills. But do you know the current layout of the QWERTY keyboards is the outcome of a solution designed to slow down the typing speed?

In fact when manual typewriters (the one on which I learnt typing) were first invented , they had keys arranged in an alphabetical order However, people typed so fast that the mechanical character arms got tangled up. So the keys were randomly positioned to actually slow down typing and prevent key jams.

The initial versions of typewriters made in the 1870s had few technical issues. The metal arms, which hold the characters, used to clash and jam if the keys were pressed in rapid succession or if a typist pressed the adjacent keys simultaneously.

To avoid the problem and have a better typing experience, Christopher Latham Sholes made many design alterations to the keyboard layout. The current layout of the QWERTY keyboards was finally designed by E. Remington and Sons, which solved the problem of jammed type bars.

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