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Why are the letters on a keyboard not arranged in alphabetical order?

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The origins of the QWERTY keyboard arrangement can be traced to 1868 when the inventor of the typewriter, Christopher Sholes, devised a way to prevent the jamming of typebars in mechanical printers by separating the most commonly used letter combinations. Its name is a combination of the first six letters of the keyboard layout.

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After the emergence of electric typewriters and, later on, computer keyboards, which were not affected by jamming, other keyboard layouts were introduced. The Dvorak keyboard, designed by August Dvorak in the 1930s, greatly increased typing speed by reducing the distance fingers travel when typing. The KALQ keyboard was specifically designed to make it easier for touch screen users to easily type with their thumbs. The AZERTY keyboard is a French version of the QWERTY keyboard.

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