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Thursday, 6 January 2011
Ever since it was devised, people have sought to improve on the QWERTY keyboard - the Dvorak keyboard above is a famous example. Of course, there is a sense in which an established order is best simply because it is established. For example, try to think of an improvement on this arbitrary sequence: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ.
But clearly there is an ergonomic aspect to a keyboard that ought to admit of some sort of optimisation. So why not make keyboards so that you can unplug and swap the keys? Then people could experiment to find the pattern that worked best for them. Optionally, a mouse click could upload that pattern to a central website, where statistics on popular (and unpopular) patterns could be gathered.
Then we could just let the best patterns evolve...