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Why letters on the keyboard are arranged that way 9/14/2015 •

Why letters on the keyboard are arranged that way

We all got accustomed to the way the keys with letters are arranged on the keyboard. But do you have any idea why? The reason was rather practical: it was done in such a way so that a typewriter shouldn't get locked.


The first typewriters had characters on the end of special bars. When a key was pressed, a bar would swing up and hit a tape coated with ink. When the character struck the tape, the impression of the character was transferred onto the paper. Sometimes two bars could jam, especially when the keys pressed one after another were located close. This made the process of typing slow and ineffective.

The American inventor of the typewriter Christopher Latham Sholes experimented with over 50 different ways of keys arrangement until he finally stopped at the famous QWERTY version which guaranteed much lower frequency of possible jams.

Later when these devices were improved, the problem of jams was eliminated and thus there was no need in such a keyboard anymore. However, computer keyboard inherited this type of arrangement and we still use it because the introduction of a new keyboard would demand retraining of all people who are good at touch-typing.

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36 Comments
Kendra Eichholz
Extremely interesting!
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Sep 14, 2015 12:40AM
Jaime Augusto Alzate
Jaime Augusto Alzate
SHOLES, THE INVENTOR OF THE TYPEWRITER, WAS VERY SMART. HONOR TO HIS MEMORY.
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Sep 14, 2015 3:06PM
Christina Muurmoor
Christina Muurmoor
Cool and interesting fact
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Sep 14, 2015 8:19PM
Jackie Hunter
Jackie Hunter
intersting
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Sep 14, 2015 8:43PM
Larry Schwartz
Yeppers, this ol' timer remembers when keys got jammed together.......Enjoy your computers, all you young pups!! :)
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Sep 14, 2015 8:44PM
Ian Bitcoin
Ian Bitcoin
I'm getting too old! To think this is something new to almost 2 generations! UGH!
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Sep 14, 2015 8:50PM
Danny More
Danny More
WOW.. Learn something new everyday..........
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Sep 14, 2015 9:01PM
Mark Zimmerman
Mark Zimmerman
Yes,I've often wondered about such things, also how the alphabet became standard, and why words mean what they do,and how names were assigned to colors, and letters on musical Notation, I could go on and on, there are millions of standards for everything in the universe. Mark.
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Sep 14, 2015 9:01PM
Steve Webster
Steve Webster
Most importantly, the word "the" was used so frequently that you had to avoid this word jamming, as well as keeping frequently used letters typed by alternate but predominately middle three fingers of each hand.
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Sep 14, 2015 9:09PM
Elizabeth Cain
Elizabeth Cain
Growing up we had a regular typewriter; we also had a "Chemical Keyboard" typewriter as my Father was Chem. Prof. That was before the newer typewriter came out that had a ball to change out. When the "new ball font" came out ........ that was fun and easy to change. They also had foreign language ball fonts, medical terms font and several others. Certainly was easy to use....
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Sep 14, 2015 9:44PM

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