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Why Is The Keyboard Laid Out QWERTY Not ABCDEF? Here Is The answer





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Ever since we have learned to use a typewriter, our keypad has been this QWERTY.The design didn't even change in the modern day computers. So the most logical question that comes in our head is that why are the keypads designed as QWERTY and not ABCDEF?

The first argument that came into the picture is that the alphabets in the keypad are arranged differently to reduce the typing speed. But it isn't correct. The correct reason is far more interesting. The name of the person who designed this in such a way is Mr. Sholes. What prompted him to design a keypad with such a setting?

Keep reading ahead to know the correct reason.

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There is a story behind the making of a QWERTY keypad. Sholes started working on this design after the compositors of his newspaper had gone on a strike. In order to make a new design, Sholes also considered the suggestions of the Telegraph operators. It took him 5 years to come up with a design like this.

Somewhere in 1968, he came up with this set of arrangement.
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 -
A E I . ? Y U O ,
B C D F G H J K L M
Z X W V T S R Q P N

Tons of other contributors in technology later changed it to:
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - ,
Q W E . T Y I U O P
Z S D F G H J K L M
A X & C V B N ? ; R

In our modern QWERTY keypad, Z is switched with an A. It was invented to make more use of our fingers and avoid a potential jamming of typewriters. Now typing has become much easier and fun to do! Even though the diagonal placement of the keys has been kept in the modern designs, it was initially meant to avoid mechanical linkages touching each other underneath. This is how we got this QWERTY keypad.







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