Bye, Bye Qwerty
April 27th, 2011

Well, not really. Actually, qwerty will likely be around a lot longer, but its reason for existence died today. The OnlineMail reports: The end of the line: Last typewriter factory left in the world closes its doors.


The qwerty keyboard was designed to scatter frequently used letters across the rows of keys to keep the hammers that hit the paper with letters from jamming. If frequently used letters had been centered on the keyboard so the more agile index fingers could hit them, the typist could go faster causing the hammers to jam.

It really does not make sense to have qwerty keyboards on digital devices, but it does give computer keyboards, smartphones, and tablets a relic to remember the age of typewriters, which officially ended today.

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