How did 'they' decide on the order of letters on a keyboard?

Question:Not only the keyboard in English, but also in other alphabets?

1878 Typewriter Patent Drawing, featuring the QWERTY Keyboard. Years after its introduction, it was considered important enough to include in a patent.
The name "QWERTY" for our typewriter keyboard comes from the first six letters in the top alphabet row (the one just below the numbers). It is also called the "Universal" keyboard for rather obvious reasons. It was the work of inventor C. L. Sholes, who put together the prototypes of the first commercial typewriter in a Milwaukee machine shop back in the 1860's.
For years, popular writers have accused Sholes of deliberately arranging his keyboard to slow down fast typists who would otherwise jam up his sluggish machine. In fact, his motives were just the opposite.
When Sholes built his first model in 1868, the keys were arranged alphabetically in two rows. At the time, Milwaukee was a backwoods town. The crude machine shop tools available there could hardly produce a finely-honed instrument that worked with precision. Yes, the first typewriter was sluggish. Yes, it did clash and jam when someone tried to type with it. But Sholes was able to figure out a way around the problem simply by rearranging the letters. Looking inside his early machine, we can see how he did it.
think back to how typewriters worked...
because qwerty looks really neat on the top row
i have no idea, i dont get why they wouldnt do it in orderr...
an illiterate jerk off , hell bent on confusing people
The keyboard was invented by Dr. Qwerty
You can look this up -it's a really good story. And, it will make you SO mad!
they put the letters you use most often at the tip of your fingers. I think it is like that with most other alphabets as well... Although there are some that use more keys than us, and they usely have a shift button that allows for more symbols or letters.
Wonderful question..i always wondered why. It would be cool if the letters were in order. but probably hard to type also. Probably these were the old order fo the alphabet. I don't know. let me know once you find out! did you try google? or goodsearch?
I don't know about other alphabets, but the American QWERTY keyboard was designed to confuse typists. Some users of early mechanical typewriters got so fast, that the keys and dies would jam, so the keys were scrambled to slow them down.
It honestly looks like someone just dropped the letters and they thought that would be good enough.
There were extensive ergonomic studies done back in the early days of typewriters. The idea was to balance out the keyboard so that your right and left hands get about the same amount of work and your stronger fingers are used more than your weaker ones.
I know, shouldn't it be in alphabetical order? I type with one finger and that would of helped I think.
they way the do it is the word most used and they put them closer together like 'the" t, h,e are revlitvly in the same place and the also organize it my the letters also used often too q is isnt used much so they put it of to the side. the middle row of letter keys is the most letters used in words well hope this helps
They were actually invented and arranged in the early 1900s to prevent a lot of typewriters from jamming up from people typing too fast.
It caused the least amount of jams with the typewriter keys, they should alphabetize the keyboard, because there are no longer any keys to jam up.
The most commonly hit keys near the home row... especially important in the mechanical typewriter days, as there likely is not enough strength in the left pinky finger to press "Q" hard enough, for example.

But the most common letters are on or near the home row, and the letters are separated in a way to make efficient typing with both hands.
The computer keyboard is based on the typewriter's keyboard. The keys are placed in such a way that they would not jam when the typist began typing. I know this is the case with the English alphabet. It may also be the case with other alphabets as well.
The QWERTY keyboard layout was designed so that successive keystrokes would alternate sides of the keyboard so as to avoid jams in manual typewriters.
It is frequently said that the design was also created to make people type slower.

Later a layout called Dvorak was introduced to allow faster typing and reduce fatigue but has never got widespread use.
Actually, you can arrange the letters on the top row to spell Typewriter and common keys are spaced
At least in english (and i would assume other languages are no different) the letters were spread out on the keys so the commonly used letters weren't all clustered together on "home row", which in theory slowed down the warp-speed typists who were constantly jamming the typewriters because their fingers could move faster than the typewriter mechanism. It was only a temporary gain however as really adept typists quickly learnt the new arrangement and started jamming typewriters the world over all over again. The advent of electric typewriters helped somewhat, but the real fix was the total redesign of the typewriter ala IBM's Selectric (the typewriter with the little ball). With current word-processor (i.e. computer) technology, I can well imagine jam-proof typing speeds of 150 words per minute or greater.
most people think its cuz of common letters used. not true, it dates back to typewriters. this order keeps the types from getting stuck or hitting eachother.
usage. the keys in the center are the ones we use most often.
Actually, the top row spells qwertyuiop. That is why you sometimes see a keyboard or typewriter referred to as a Qwerty keyboard. It is merely coincidence that you can spell typewriter all in the top row. The reason all of the letters are in the order they are, is due to old mechanical typewriters. When those little letter arms used to jump up to put a letter on the paper, the manufacturers discovered that the more frequently used letters (think R S T L N E) had to be moved away from each other to keep the little arms (I believe they are called hammers) from jamming. There was a movement back in the 80s to change keyboards to a different configuration. The idea was that with the keys in the "right" place, people would be able to type faster. My sister-in-law was a speed typist. She typed over 180 words per minute on a qwerty keyboard. When she switched to one of the "new layout" keyboards, her speed increased to over 220 words per minute. Unfortunately, she kept forgetting, and would type some gibberish on occassion. I guess that was true for many, since I haven't heard much about those new keyboard layouts in over 10 years.

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