September 11, 2020
Good Morning & Happy Friday.
My daughter, Maya, asked me why the keyboard is not arranged in alphabetical order. I didn’t know why, and I was intrigued.
We ‘asked’ Google to find that the reason goes back to the time of manual typewriters. Originally typewriters had keys arranged in an alphabetical order (like you would imagine they would be), but people typed so fast that the mechanical character arms got tangled up. So the keys were randomly positioned to actually slow down typing and prevent key jams.
The QWERTY keyboards, we all know and use, were made so one could type using keys from the top row of the keyboard. This random arrangement became standard.