The original QWERTY layout was developed by Christopher Latham Sholes. He filed a patent application in 1867 for an early version of a typewriter.
- The word “Typewriter” is the longest word that can be created using only the letters on one row of the keyboard, which is obviously the top row, on a standard QWERTY keyboard.
- The Universal keyboard is another name for it.
- They had typewriters in 1868, and putting the keyboard out this manner was to keep the slow machine from breaking down.
- Only capital letters were used on the first typewriter.
So, why QWERTY rather than ABCDE, etc.? To grasp this, keep in mind that the layout was designed for mechanical typewriters at the time. These keyboards contain keys similar to current keyboards, but when you press a key, a mechanical arm moves to type a character on a piece of paper. These arms can easily jam if you start typing quickly.
So, what exactly was Sholes’ grand plan? Sholes looked at common letter combinations in the English language and made sure that they were spaced far apart. As a result, there were fewer bottlenecks and, as a result, more efficient typing. By today’s standards, however, the QWERTY layout actually slows down typing because mechanical arms no longer jam.