May 12, 2004


So you assume your keyboard is laid out in the most efficient way, am I right? Otherwise, why in the heck would the letters be so jumbled up?

The answer, my friends, lies in the typewriter.

In the 1870s when they were first being developed, typewriters tended to jam when used with great speed, so there was the need for a built-in delay. The keys were moved around to give the delay: yours.

So here in 2004 we are using keyboards made to conform to 1870s engineering.

Posted by Jennifer at May 12, 2004 09:28 AM


There's actually more to the story, if you're interested.

Posted by: Harvey at May 12, 2004 01:51 PM