Typewriter Fact

jon June 8, 2011 4

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  1. Alte June 8, 2011 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Actually Christopher Latham Sholes invented the typewriter.
    Sholes was a U.S. mechanical engineer who invented the first practical modern typewriter, patented in 1868. Sholes invented the typewriter with partners S. W. Soule and G. Glidden, that was manufactured (by Remington Arms Company) in 1873

    The letters are arranged how they are because originally they were in alphabetical order, so to really test young women who wanted to become secretaries and typists they mixed them up.
    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_invented_the_typewriter#ixzz1OhKccRol

  2. Cullen June 13, 2011 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Actually, the letters weren’t mixed around to challenge young women. On typewriters if you typed too quickly the keys would get stuck on each other when they were arranged alphabetically, so they spread them out to improve efficiency/increase the speed you could type with a typewriter. The letters that are most commonly next to each other are more spread out to avoid the sticking.

    But the Qwert Yuiop thing is indeed a myth.
    http://www.snopes.com/humor/question/requests.asp
    It’s about 3/4 of the way down the page.

  3. Em June 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    yeah, the letters are specifically arranged to make people type slower so the keys wouldn’t stick. a number of more efficient keyboards have been invented since, and the fastest typist in the world types on a different keyboard, but it would be ridiculous to change the way all computers are made, so they’ve just left it.

  4. jake January 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    hey thanks everyone for confirming that this wasn’t actually true. since i have less IQ points than toes, I TOTALLY believed this

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