How did "qwerty" keyboards
Almost every alphabetic keyboard
in the world has the letters in an arrangement called "qwerty," after the
first six letters in the top row. There are several popular myths about
the origin of today's standard keyboard arrangement. Some say it
was deliberately designed to slow down typists. What is the truth?
When inventor C. L. Sholes built
his first typewriters in 1868, he arranged the keys in alphabetical order.
But the clumsy mechanical linkages inside the machine could tangle if certain
pairs of keys were struck quickly.
The "qwerty" arrangement fixed the
tangling problem by separating the internal links for frequently paired
letters, making the machines more reliable. "Qwerty" became the standard
way to arrange the keys.
"Duiliu Zamfirescu" School, Focsani,
Teacher: Petru Dumitru