Re: [NTLK] Newton Screen Test - Take 3

From: L.W. Brown <>
Date: Mon Feb 02 2009 - 11:55:11 EST

There are alternate theories why & how QWERTY came to me.
Even English Dvorak has several alternate versions.
Whether Dvorak allows faster typing is _still_ subject to debate I use
it & still hunt&peck...
Other keyboard versions exist.
There are several innovative stylus-input systems that use redesigned
letter-mappings rather than "keyboards," and at least one also
includes "gestures" (dragging from one letter to another). None of
these seems to have been exciting enough to cell-phone makers to adopt
- they go phone-keypad or QWERTY.

I keep looking...

On 2. Feb., 2009, at 11:18 AM, Jon Glass wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 4:57 PM, Ken Whitcomb <>
> wrote:
>> It is my understanding that this layout was created to intentionally
>> slow down typists finger movements because it was possible to to type
>> so fast that the mechanical arms could not retreat out of the path of
>> the next arm without having them hit each other. Solve one problem,
>> create another! Not that the mechanics that created manual
>> typewriters
>> could have seen the advent of electric typewriters let alone
>> computers
>> with keyboards.
> It is also worth pointing out, that your average person, with a
> smattering of touch-typing training/experience, can type 50-60 wpm,
> which also seems to be about as fast as the average person can think
> and type at the same time. ;-) So, combining those two features, we
> are 'stuck' in a "good-enough" situation that doesn't really warrant
> fixing. I'm perfectly happy with my typing speed (generally 60 wpm)
> when thinking. On those rare occasions when I am transcribing, I could
> wish I could type faster, but generally, my typing speed is sufficient
> for me, so QWERTY or QWERTZ (Polish), works just fine.

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