Why keyboards are not in alphabetical order

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If you take a look at your keyboard right now, you might realize that the keyboard design does not make any sense. It looks like total random letters jammed up together.

Before the 1870s, all letters and mail were handwritten. Although the printing press existed at that time, printing only applied for books and newspapers. As people were getting more connected, the number of letters they send became more every day. And the demand for an efficient machine to write something was going up day by day. That’s when the invention of the typewriter changed the world.

The first designs of the typewriter had an alphabetical layout. The top row had the 2nd part of the alphabet, from N-Z. And the 2nd row had the 1st part, from A-M. Because of this inline layout, typewriters had some technical difficulties. When the typing got fast, the letter handles got tangled and jammed the whole machine. By randomizing the letters, it reduced the typing pace and separated the most common letter pairings.

When the typewriter introduced into the market in 1874, the keyboard layout was very related to the current design. But the only difference was the 1874 keyboard was missing the numbers  1 and 0. People used the I and O instead.

Some theories suggest that the QWERTY layout introduced to make typing harder to learn. The same companies that sold typewriters were also selling training courses for typing. And complicated setup made the typists use the course to learn how to write on the selected model. And also, if you type the word typewriter, you can see that all the letters are in the first line of the keyboard.

The French version of the keyboard is called the AZERTY. It is known to be harder to use than the typical English keyboard. It is known to have a key for a letter that only used in one word for the whole language, but it was missing some of the standard letters. It took them years to come up with a more productive layout, and the French finally changed their keyboards in 2019.

The Turkish F considered being one of the most efficient keyboard layouts in the world. They used a scientific method to measure the most frequent letters and placed them in a more optical place. This way, typing was equally balanced between two hands.

To this day, we use the QWERTY layout simply because people got used to it. And over the years, this layout became a standard for the English language. Because of the frequent innovation in technology, the usage of keyboards might be very minimal. And the next design is named the KALQ keyboard. It is developing for touchscreens. It is known to bring the most efficient typing experience to the user. If you want to test it out, it can be download as a third party software in the app store.

Maybe in the future, we might not use keyboards at all. New inventions and innovations will be developed to make communicating efficient. Maybe we will be able to input letters and numbers through gestures or a simple swipe. We will never know what the future holds for us.

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