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DailyDirt: Evolving The Touchscreen Keyboard

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The QWERTY keyboard layout, which was created around 1875, was originally designed to prevent typewriter keys from jamming. This was done by arranging letters that were most commonly used together farther apart. While the QWERTY layout is still used today, it may not be the best layout for virtual touchscreen keyboards, so there have been many efforts to design alternative keyboard layouts. Here are just a few examples.

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6h3l46h (user link) says:

QWERTY origins story is a myth.

“was originally designed to prevent typewriter keys from jamming” — this is incorrect.

The researchers tracked the evolution of the typewriter keyboard alongside a record of its early professional users. They conclude that the mechanics of the typewriter did not influence the keyboard design. Rather, 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.


Anonymous Coward says:

Re: QWERTY origins story is a myth.

Just a bit of a nitpick here…Morse code is for someone who wants to tap out a message (SOS) in a table top or banging on a pipe.
But transcribing at a higher rate with a typewriter is actually called International Code.
Typing international code on a qwerty layout is very efficient. I did not know that a different keyboard had been in use prior to qwerty (learn something new everyday).
I got up to 25 wpm on a 1940’s typewriter listening to a standard key but others get way faster listening to standard or a speed key.
As to the jamming issues affecting the design layout, probably not. I can jam up an old typewriter real easy. Layout has nothing to do with it.

Wally (profile) says:

You know what’s funny and ironic…the reason we have QWERTY and ZWRTY keyboards is to prevent letter jamming when a stamp is raised up…on typewriters…mind you it took about half a century to figure it out…but man I’ll be damned if I ever get forced to use or buy a keyboard that uses KALQ….what’s worse is that it’s placing one of the least used letters in the English language with some of the most heavily used ones. Faster be damned…we’re talking ease of use here to A) Prevent typewriter jams and B) Efficient letter use of the English alphabet….that’s why QWERTY is still pretty damn quick today.

art guerrilla (profile) says:

semi-off topic...

until i turned all the auto-complete crap off, my tablet typing was driving me absolutely nuts: it would fucking INSIST, that, no, you obviously *meant* to type *this*, not what you actually typed, and keep on ‘correcting’ it even when i backspaced and re-typed the same thing…

*now* i can type in peace without inane ‘suggestions’, etc…

art guerrilla
aka ann archy

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