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A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
A Brief History of Keyboards
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  • 1. A brief history of keyboardsSylvain Fankhauser, LiipJune 2013
  • 2. If bikes evolved the same way keyboards did, hereshow youd be doing Bike to Work…
  • 3. In the 1870s, Christopher Latham Sholes created thefirst typewriter
  • 4. Its first layout looked like this…
  • 5. 3 5 7 9 N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z2 4 6 8 . A B C D E F G H I J K L M
  • 6. It worked, but typewriters had a big flaw…
  • 7. Jamming
  • 8. The qwerty layout was created to prevent jams byincreasing the distance between frequent letters
  • 9. In the 1930s, August Dvorak analyzed this layout
  • 10. WTF?August Dvorak
  • 11. He came to the conclusion that qwerty is highlyinefficient
  • 12. > 7%5 – 7%2 – 5%< 2%32%52%16%
  • 13. So he created the Dvorak layout, aka DvorakSimplified Keyboard (DSK)
  • 14. > 7%5 – 7%2 – 5%< 2%70%22%8%
  • 15. This layout focuses on usage of the home row,hands alternance, and n-grams (mostly bigrams)
  • 16. The Dvorak layout does not require any specialkeyboard
  • 17. Today were using a keyboard layout that wasdesigned for mechanical limitations that dontexist anymore
  • 18. Even on non-mechanical devices
  • 19. Keyboards are like 1870s bicycles not onlybecause of their layout
  • 20. Right hand
  • 21. Right handLeft hand
  • 22. WTF?
  • 23. Todays keyboards are designed to overcomelimitations of 1870s typewriters
  • 24. Ergonomic solutions exist
  • 25. Theyre still expensive and not easy to find
  • 26. “Im tired of trying to do something worthwhilefor the human race, they simply dont want tochange”August Dvorak
  • 27. Thank youMore reading: dvzine.org

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