Why Are not the Letters on a Computer Keyboard in Alphabetical Order



Nordnet Baritof
Nordnet Baritof
  • Technical Writer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Founder and CEO
  • Developer
  • Blogger and IT Analyst
2017-10-08 20:59:04

| Share
| Share
| Share
Why Are not the Letters on a Computer Keyboard in Alphabetical Order

If you’ve ever looked down at your keyboard and wondered why it’s not in alphabetical order, you’re not alone. But who came up with the current design, anyway? A few popular myths abound, but one Japanese study got to the root of it. (Hint: This design dates back WAY farther than you think.)

Myth #1: The keyboard is designed in accordance with letter usage to allow for the fastest typing possible.

 

This idea makes sense: Designers must have looked at the varying degrees of usefulness of each letter and attempted to evenly split them between each hand. That way, we could type quickly and not have one hand doing more work than the other.

Myth #2: The design is a relic of the typewriter era, and was engineered to stop the machine from jamming.

This myth is the opposite of the first, and alleges that the QWERTY design was meant to slow typists down in order to stop the typewriter from jamming. While it’s unclear whether or not separating the useful keys makes typing a slower endeavor or a faster one (as the creators of the first myth would argue), this one’s also been debunked.

The truth: The design is a hand-me-down from morse code transcribers.

We’re guessing you didn’t expect this, so we’ll let Smithsonian reporter Jimmy Stamp, who originally sleuthed through the Japanese study, explain.

“The QWERTY system emerged as a result of how the first typewriters were being used. Early adopters and beta-testers included telegraph operators who needed to quickly transcribe messages. However, the operators found the alphabetical arrangement to be confusing and inefficient for translating morse code. The Kyoto paper suggests that the typewriter keyboard evolved over several years as a direct result of input provided by these telegraph operators.”

It’s an interesting idea, but now that we’ve moved from morse code to iPhones, we’re thinking it might be time for a new system.

click the next for more ...
5 Amazing Photos Of The New iPhone 8
5 Amazing Photos Of The New iPhone 8
5 Amazing Photos Of The New iPhone 8

.
Fantastic Beasts drive deeper into pre-Harry Potter world
Fantastic Beasts drive deeper into pre-Harry Potter world

Rowling reunites with David Yates, the director of four §double§Harry Potter§double§ films, as comfortably as §double§Fantastic B


Fantastic Beasts drive deeper into pre-Harry Potter world
What Do the British Prime Minister and George Clooney Have in Common

Theresa  replaced David Cameron as prime minister of the U.K.with a rather suddenly, much journalists scrambled to find out more about her person


Fantastic Beasts drive deeper into pre-Harry Potter world
SCANDAL FaceBook FINED Cambridge for 500 000 £

Facebook has finally been weaking up with its first fine of £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica to improperly gather and misapply data of 87 m


Fantastic Beasts drive deeper into pre-Harry Potter world
Marvel Comics Giant Stan Lee Has Died At 95

Stan Lee, the colorful Marvel Comics patriarch who helped usher in a new era of superhero storytelling -- and saw his creations become a giant influen


Fantastic Beasts drive deeper into pre-Harry Potter world
How Does Android s New In-app Updates API Work

Notice that the Android§apostrofe§s new In-app Updates API doesn§apostrofe§t force or lock out users from the app if they chose no


Fantastic Beasts drive deeper into pre-Harry Potter world
Capitan has slept in the grave of his owner every night

For the past 6 years, a dog named Capitan has slept in the grave of his owner every night. His owner, Miguel Guzman died in 2006 and Capitan dissapear



© 2013-2018 best of geeks. All rights reserved.