Wednesday, February 06, 2002

There are somethings we take for granted. We never question their usability. Never wonder why they are the way they are.
Have you ever thought about your keyboard? Why was the QWERTY keyboard that most of us use invented?
In fact, the QWERTY keyboard layout is relic of an earlier age, and no longer applicable.
"Christopher Sholes, the (QWERTY) inventor, chose the layout mainly to keep frequently used letter pairs—E and D or T and H for example—relatively far apart so that typists wouldn't hit them in quick succession, jamming primitive machines."
August Dvorak, on the other hand, invented a far more usable and efficient keyboard. Read this fascinating piece on the
Dvorak keyboard from Slate Magazine.

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