Why Is The ‘QWERTY’ Keyboard Not Arranged Alphabetically?

For decades we’ve all been using the ‘QWERTY’ keyboard as a standard, but rarely do we ever think about why the keys are arranged in that seemingly random order and not just alphabetically. Business Insider has revealed all in a video and it’s actually pretty interesting.

In 1968, the first typewriter was designed with an alphabetical order similar to the arrangement of piano keys. But because all the commonly used letters were so close together, the keys kept getting jammed.

Christopher Latham Sholes then invented the ‘QWERTY’ keyboard with the purpose of spreading apart popular keys to avoid mechanical issues. However, researchers have theories that it dates back to times when morse code was used and the alphabetical arrangement confused telegraph operators when transcribing messages.

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