Dvorak vs. QWERTY

by Liza on May. 12th, 2006

The efficiency experts August Dvorak and William Dealey patented the Dvorak typewriter keyboard on May 12, 1936 (Patent No. 2,040,248). They tried to increase typists' speed by placing the most common letters on the home row and where the stronger fingers of the hands could do most of the work. The QWERTY keyboard, which you're probably using right now, was actually designed to slow typists down. (On old typewriters, speed would cause jammed keys.)

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