Qwerty – a technological rethink?
Today 090909 I pre-viewed images from a museum in the North Island of New Zealand visited recently to discover an ODELL TYPEWRITER dated 1889 having the letters QWERTY stamped across its keys!. Strange is it not that Microsoft gave the World an ERGONOMIC keyboard for more natural wrist alignment however not taking into account that the REASON that QWERTY exists in the first place is that OLDER machines jammed since their mechanical type bars were too close together!. In recognition of this failure in 1875 Christopher Sholes, along with his associates, REARRANGED the keys such that they didn’t jam so easily and thus the QWERTY keyboard evolved through US evolution 134 years ago!.
In my 3 years of travel I decided to write as to correctiveness of the English Language ( see image ) since I became alarmed as to its abuse.
Question: Should the Qwerty keyboard CHANGE to reflect modern times OR remain locked in history as to history as to a Country whom dictates change Worldwide?,
Some history as to the Typewriter
1714 The first patent for a 'writing machine' was given to Henry Mill of England
1829 William Burt of the US patented his typographer machine
1868 Christopher Sholes, Carlos Glidden and Samuel Soule patent type writing machine
1872 Thomas Alva Edison builds first electric typewriter
1873 Remington & Sons mass produces the Sholes & Glidden typewriter
1875QWERTY KEYBOARD: Christopher Sholes with assistance from Amos Densmore rearranged the typewriter keyboard so that the commonest letters were not so close together and the type bars would come from opposite directions. Thus they would not clash together and jam the machine. The new arrangement was the "QWERTY" arrangement that typists use today.
1889 Odell Typewriter Company, Chicago, USA – Production of the Odell 1b [ See my Photo ]
1978 Olivetti Company and the Casio Company develope electronic typewriter
2007 An RAF typist who injured her thumb through repetitive strain injury while typing-in computer data has been awarded almost half a million pounds by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The payout was condemned by former soldiers, politicians and servicemen's charities since the payout was almost 30 times the amount a serviceman would receive for the same injury!. Critics claimed it was an insult to the 2,626 British servicemen who have been injured fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Microsoft – introduces the ergonomic keyboard for more natural wrist alignment while retaining QWERTY!