variants: or QWERTY keyboard
Definition of QWERTY
: a standard English-language typewriter or computer keyboard on which the first six letters of the second row are q, w, e, r, t, and y QWERTY may not have had the most sensible keyboard arrangement, but it had the advantage that it had been out longer than most other designs. Throughout the 1880s, typewriters with a variety of keyboard layouts were sold, but in the 1890s the market moved more and more toward QWERTY, and by the first decade of the twentieth century it had taken over.— Robert Pool The QWERTY keyboard, a central artifact of the information economy, was arranged in the 1870s with a deliberately awkward pattern of letters to slow typists down so they wouldn't jam the innards of early typing machines.— Timothy K. Smith
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