Archive for August 21, 2013
The QWERTY keyboard with which most of us are familiar has evolved considerably since Royal Earl House exhibited his first printing telegraph in 1844. Interestingly, early telegraph keyboards more closely resembled piano keyboards right down to their ebony and ivory keys. The QWERTY design that is the most popular keyboard layout in the United States, UK, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, and other countries was developed during the 1870s by Christopher Latham Sholes.
Since that time, keyboard memorization has become an increasingly important skill, especially since up to 90 percent of Americans interact with a keyboard on a daily basis. Although not all of those people use them from work, it would be difficult to prove any benefits of the “hunt and peck” technique. In fact, people who can type 55 words