In our challenge was the letter Q.
There are not that many good words that start with Q, just a lot of questions. He He.
As I was looking for something to write about I went to type in the word Quirk. And instead the word QWERTY came out. Not sure how my fingers did that but it became quite interesting. Did you know that there was such a word? I just so happened that there was, so I had to keep reading.
I bet I now have you squandering to know?
Have you ever taken a typing class and wondered where on earth the layout for the keyboard came from?
Or are your the two finger typist?
Or now with the phones and tablets have you become the two thumbs tyrant?
Typing or what they call it now a days, keyboarding sure has changed over the years.
What came first: the typist or the keyboard?
According to the Smithsonian the answer depends on the keyboard. A recent article in Smithsonian’s news blog, Smart News, described an innovative new keyboard system that proposes a more efficient alternative to the ubiquitous “universal” keyboard best known as QWERTY – named for the first six letters in the top row of keys. The new keyboard, known as KALQ, is designed specifically for thumb-typing on today’s smart phones and tablets. It turns out that there is a lot of myth and misinformation surrounding the development of QWERTY, but these various theories all seem to agree that the QWERTY layout was developed along with early typewriters.
QWERTY is a real word!
(Pronounced kwer-tee). QWERTY refers to the arrangement of keys on a standard English computer keyboard or typewriter. The name derives from the first six characters on the top alphabetic line of the keyboard.
The arrangement of characters on a QWERTY keyboard was designed in 1868 by Christopher Sholes, the inventor of the typewriter. According to popular myth, Sholes arranged the keys in their odd fashion to prevent jamming on mechanical typewriters by separating commonly used letter combinations. However, there is no evidence to support this assertion, except that the arrangement does, in fact, inhibit fast typing.
With the emergence of ball-head electric typewriters and computer keyboards, on which jamming is not an issue; new keyboards designed for speed typing have been invented. The best-known is called a Dvorak keyboard. Despite their more rational designs, these new keyboards have not received wide acceptance. The AZERTY keyboard is the French version of the standard QWERTY keyboard.
And then I want to know who thinks they can type on one of these?
A virtual keyboard is where a full-size image of a QWERTY keyboard is projected onto any surface. Touching the image of a key generates a unique electronic signal corresponding to a key’s image. Using a virtual keyboard eliminates the chance of breakage and infection transfer. Additionally virtual keyboards require no cleaning and they have no wires, buttons, or switches. Virtual keyboards are also compatible with many Smartphones and PDAs. A virtual keyboard is also called a projection keyboard. VKEY is the trademarked name of the virtual keyboard developed by Virtual Devices Inc.
* Virtual keyboard image courtesy of Virtual Devices Inc.
Now that you know the new Q letter for the Challenge, and that just messing up can bring you new knowledge.
Enjoy the Read,