This post is a rather strange one. It is written, using my two fingered approach, on a keyboard that we all know and use which I shall be doing my best to argue needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history!
It all came from a Facebook posting by Daniel Pink… thus:
The QWERTY Effect: How Typing May Shape the Meaning of Words http://t.co/6JYicLmu http://t.co/uSJ6RThx (via @emccullough)
I found the linked article fascinating. It made me interested in researching other types of keyboards that have been developed. I did a Google search on “alternatives to the QWERTY Keyboard” and came across a really good article:
Number 2 really interested me:
2. New Standard Keyboards ABC
As can be seen from the picture above the keys are alphabetical and sit in groups making it very easy to learn. The keys are colour-coded to separate letters from punctuation, capitals and lower case are easy to learn and use.
On the New Standard Keyboards site there is a downloadable Powerpoint explaining the board and how easy it is to learn.
I found this kind of keyboard much more user-friendly than the Qwerty board which had been developed in the 19th Century in order to slow down typists so as keys wouldn’t lock together! It made me wonder why a keyboard that was developed for one form of technology (now essentially defunct) was chosen and remains the keyboard that every P.C., Laptop or Netbook comes with as standard. Surely an easier to learn keyboard would be of benefit to children as well as adults and could help those students who have problems with word formation such as Dyslexics.
For what it’s worth I would have welcomed a keyboard such as the New Standard as I never ever learnt to touch-type using the notoriously difficult Qwerty board.
- QWERTY effect: How typing may shape meaning of words (newscientist.com)
- I’ve Given Up on QWERTY (iandanielstewart.com)