Engineer Claims Alphabetical Keyboard More Efficient

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John Parkinson, 62-year-old electrical engineer is showing off a new, rival keyboard design next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. After years of hunt-and-peck typing, he's convinced that his new alphabetically-arranged keyboard is an improvement over the traditional QWERTY design.

Imagine the possibilities: now you can type as smoothly on your desktop as you do on your cell phone!

For the longest time, I thought, like everyone else, there's nothing you can do about QWERTY," Parkinson said. "In the end, some ideas occurred to me, and I decided to do something about it myself."

Like many of those that have come before, Parkinson's New Standard Keyboards are arranged alphabetically but with a twist. Instead of lining up the letters all the way across, he splits the keyboard in two, like most ergonomic keyboards. He then assigns the first half of the alphabet to the left hand and the second half to the right.

Is this enough to finally unshackle the typing legions from the mixed-up mess of an ordinary keyboard? Probably not. The average typist has spent enough time learning the QWERTY keyboard to make relearning even a better system unlikely, most experts say.



Posted by concerned dude on 2005-12-30 15:18:52
i dont plan on taking another typing class just so i can learn this unwanted keyboard. sure i thought why didnt they just do that in the beginning and they probably should have, but they didnt and now its too late. sorry


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