Originally Posted by Tunechi
Pretty sure it means if they were designed in alphabetical order they'd get jammed thus making typing slower. By making it harder to type by keeping the most commonly used letters away from each other, less jamming would happen, thus making it faster.
Originally Posted by NoiseTemper
Already gone through this, read the rest of the thread.
The idea of QWERTY was to keep the most commonly used letter pairs separate on the type bar
. This was what prevented jams. It was not intended to slow down the rate at which the keys were pressed. If that were the case then when typists learnt the new layout after a month or so it would have stopped working.
Keeping the most commonly used letters away from each other would only slow you down if you used one finger to type.
For example, put your hands in the normal typing position and try typing "MN" or "ZA" - pretty slow as you probably use the same finger.
Now try "ZO" or "MO" - the keys are further apart but you can type them faster, provided you use more than one finger of course.
Separating common letter pairs can actually help to increase the rate of typing.Edited by GingerJohn - 7/12/12 at 8:20am