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The eternal question is answered: Why the letters in keyboards are mixed up?

Looking at the keyboard of our computer all these years, we have always had the question of who decided the order of the letters, from the moment it is not in order.The “QWERT” keyboards that have flooded the market in the last few years (they are called so because the first five letters in the first row, is the specific), they have mixed up the letters, and someone took that decision.Let’s take, well, things from the beginning! The first typewriter was built in 1868 in the USA by Christopher Sholes Latham and included a mobile mechanism with ink, a lever for the twist of paper and a keyboard with letters, which were arranged alphabetically.From the beginning, however, the operation of the typewriters had a lot of problems, because they blocked all the letters and “stuck”, because of the great speed of the scribes. The only solution to this problem was to reduce the speed of the typists, so as not to “stick” keys. It is characteristic, indeed, that the problem were mainly the first letters of the Alphabet. Latham thought then that was the solution: I Had to… confuse the secretaries, stirring the letters on the keyboard!That’s it! The thought of it was… magnificent, and the success has been reflected very quickly and in practice, demonstrating that, ultimately, the… confusion was a result. The speed of the scribes has decreased significantly, since in order to form a word should be “travel” greater distance with the fingers on the keyboard, but… you look a little more the letters! And -oh! the miracle – the “hang-ups” the letters disappeared! The success of the keyboard “QUERTY” continues until today…

Looking at the keyboard of our computer all these years, we have always had the question, who…
decided for series of letters, from the moment it is not in order.
The “QWERT” keyboards that have flooded the market in the last few years (they are called so because the first five letters in the first row, is the specific), they have mixed up the letters, and someone took that decision.
Let’s take, well, things from the beginning! The first typewriter was built in 1868 in the USA by Christopher Sholes Latham and included a mobile mechanism with ink, a lever for the twist of paper and a keyboard with letters, which were arranged alphabetically.
From the beginning, however, the operation of the typewriters had a lot of problems, because they blocked the letters and “get stuck”, because of the great speed of the scribes. The only solution to this problem was to reduce the speed of the typists, so as not to “stick” keys. It is characteristic, indeed, that the problem were mainly the first letters of the Alphabet. Latham thought then that was the solution: I Had to… confuse the secretaries, stirring the letters on the keyboard!
That’s it! The thought of it was… magnificent, and the success has been reflected very quickly and in practice, demonstrating that, ultimately, the… confusion was a result. The speed of the scribes has decreased significantly, as to form no longer a word I had to “spend” more… distance with the fingers on the keyboard, but… you look a little more the letters! And -oh! the miracle – the “stickies” in the letters disappeared! The success of the keyboard “QUERTY” continues until today…

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