QWERTY as universal layout

Why QWERTY is considered the universal layout in keyboarding

Hi there,

If you look back, you will find that the QWERTY layout was designed to slow down the speed of a typist. The designer of the QWERTY layout was Christopher Sholes. He wants to slow down the typing speed to reduce mistakes. Later, as this keyboard use broadly, slowly this layout become a universal layout.

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Aidan Bernales
Community Moderator at Typesy

Hello, @siyanawebb!

This is a great question, and one that many people seem to have! Ironically, the layout of the most advanced QWERTY keyboards today rely on a layout that was created for the earliest form of typing tech: the typewriter.

The QWERTY format came about out of necessity. Early typists had issues with keys getting jammed, so QWERTY was designed to avoid this when typing on a typewriter. The thinking was to stretch commonly used letters apart, allowing your fingers to be less cramped when typing.

So while we are much more familiar with alpha order than QWERTY, the long terms benefits of a QWERTY layout win out. An alphabetical layout may be easier to learn, you’d find your fingers fighting for space over the long run.

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)