What came first: the typist or the keyboard? The answer depends on the keyboard. 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, and inextricably linked to, early typewriters. In the s, a politician, printer, newspaper man, and amateur inventor in Milwaukee by the name of Christopher Latham Sholes spent his free time developing various machines to make his businesses more efficient. One such invention was an early typewriter, which he developed with Samuel W.
What came first: the typist or the keyboard? The answer may surprise you
Arrangement of Characters
Tap is a one-handed gadget that fits over your fingers like rubbery brass knuckles and connects wirelessly to your smartphone. Seems like a great idea, right? But when I tried it, the reality of using Tap was neither fun nor funny. Unlike a conventional QWERTY keyboard, Tap required me to think a lot, because I had to tap my fingers in not-very-intuitive combinations to create letters: an A is your thumb, a B is your index finger and pinky, a C is all your fingers except the index.
By Graham Lawton. Technology often contributes new words to the English language: television, hoover and iPod to name a few. Why are the letters arranged that way? That was where a publisher called Christopher Latham Sholes began work on an invention he hoped would make him rich: a machine to automatically number the pages of books. Sholes was joined by an inventor friend called Carlos Glidden. A year later they were in possession of three patents. It looked more like a piano, with ivory and ebony keys, one for each letter. The machine was prone to jamming and the lines of type tended to drift off course, but Sholes used it to write to potential investors. One of them, James Densmore, immediately bought a quarter share of the patents, sight unseen. Nonetheless, Densmore believed in the general idea and urged Sholes to continue.
Remington and Sons in It became popular with the success of the Remington No. In October , Sholes filed a patent application for his early writing machine he developed with the assistance of his friends Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. The first model constructed by Sholes used a piano-like keyboard with two rows of characters arranged alphabetically as shown below: .