A Journey of keyboard layouts: Alphabetic, QWERTY, DVORAK keyboard

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alphabetic keyboard layout


The alphabetic as we have studied in our kindergarten a to z is not the best keyboard layout design because it does not take into account these factors which are essential for key layout on a computer are

  1. 70-80% of the keystrokes you will make should be from the home row.
  2. It should not cause very jerky movements of hands giving fatigue or RSI (repetitive strain injury) for fingers.
  3. Both the hands should be used alternatively to increase the typing speed.

Clearly alphabetic keyboard never satisfied these conditions and hence it was discarded.The next came qwerty.


Qerty Keyboard Layout

QWERTY – Stands for nothing but qwerty it is the first five letters of our standard keyboard layout.

The first point I would like to mention is that in qwerty the arrangement of keys is not optimal for typing but for backward compatibility reasons (with the old mechanical typewriters :P ,they needed a slow typing keyboard for not jamming the arms which hit the paper …bullshit we suffer :P :D ) this layout of keys have been ported to computers too. So if you want to type faster you can easily stop using qwerty and adopt the Dvorak input keyboard design.


Dvorak keyboard layout

The Dvorak keyboard design is based on research done by Dr. Dvorak and is designed on typist’s comfort in mind.This is most easy to learn, it is best suited for right handed it has most used constant on right side of home row and all vowels on left side of the home row.A separate series is available for single handed individuals.

0 responses to “A Journey of keyboard layouts: Alphabetic, QWERTY, DVORAK keyboard”

  1. Hosting says:

    The earliest mechanical keyboards were used in musical instruments to play particular notes. With the advent of printing telegraph , a keyboard was needed to select characters. Some of the earliest printing telegraph machines used a layout similar to a piano keyboard.

  2. Delfuego says:

    Most computer keyboards in Poland are laid out according to the standard US visual and functional layout. Polish diacritics are accessed by using the

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