Why was the keyboard layout the way it was?

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  1. Homan

    Homan Unconquerable OT Supporter

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    why not have it as a b c d e.. and so on?
     
  2. Jericho

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    I've only heard of one story. Apparently back in WW2, all those ladies typing out letters for families of soldiers became so good at it that the typing machines starting breaking, so instead of making more reliable machines, the makers decided to try and make it harder by switching the letters.
     
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    Yep, the QWERTY layout was designed to make it inconvenient to type so that people wouldn't type so fast that the machines would break. The Dvorak layout is much better but most people never learn to type on it (I would if I had time to re-train myself) because it's not really the norm.
     
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    The story that has already been posted was the way I have heard too. The QWERTY keyboard was created to be slow when typing the english language.

    I would love to learn a DVORAK, but between, work, school, and other people's computers I would end up using a QWERTY 90% of the time. I would probably end up more confused than anything.
     
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    Yea, that's the way I figure it too. Maybe once I'm mostly using my own computer(s) (IE, once I'm done school), I'll learn. I have tried it a bit, and I definately see how much faster it is, even just learning.
     
  7. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    yup, but I have read in a couple of places that the DVORAK keyboard is not really much more efficient than the QWERTY one :dunno:
     
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    It's so that the typewriter would strike the paper with less chance of jamming it up from the keystrokes...but yeah basically designed to be slower for that purpose but not intentionally
     
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    unrealii professor of plant biology

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    i m writing this post in dvorak...its a bitch to learn...took about two minutes to type this :(
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :rofl: Yep, been there done that.
     
  11. CyberBullets

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    i wanna learn dvorak.

    get an ibm keyboard, move the keys, tell OS thats its DVORAK ;)
     
  12. Bellos

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    Personally I wouldn't bother with the DVORAK setup

    I've spent many years practising with the QWERTY, I see no point. I can type fast enough with this setup as well, as I have a "feel" for where the keys are :)

    Interesting story though
     

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