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QWERTY versus Dvorak keyboard

You may not know that there are alternatives to the standard QWERTY keyboard. One of them is the Dvorak.

QWERTY was originally designed to prevent keyboards from jamming. Named QWERTY because the letters at the top-left corner of the keyboard begin with QWERTY, it's the most common keyboard layout. Dvorak was designed in an attempt to improve the QWERTY layout. Those who prefer the Dvorak keyboard argue that it’s more efficient, can increase typing speed, and even offers better ergonomics.

Dvorak was patented by Dr. August Dvorak in 1963. This keyboard layout puts the most commonly used letters in the home row, making them easy to reach. The least commonly used letters are on the bottom row. When using the QWERTY keyboard, most typing is performed with your left hand, whereas with Dvorak most letters are typed with the right hand.

Why QWERTY Is Still Used Today

QWERTY is still used because it became the standard. Because users learned the layout and muscle memory is so powerful, it only made sense that when computers came out, they use the key layout that was most common.

While you do have the option of switching keyboard layouts within your operating system’s keyboard layout setting, the letters printed on your keyboard won’t match the new layout. However, there are keyboards out there that are designed for Dvorak.

Learn more history about the Dvorak layout here.

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