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Old 07-13-2018, 08:28 AM
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Adopting non-qwerty keyboards

Why have efforts to replace the qwerty keyboard met with so little success? The world managed to (largely) adopt the metric system as a standard, why can't/won't countries using a roman alphabet adopt a more efficient keyboard design?
Old 07-13-2018, 08:40 AM
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Seems like a solution in search of a problem. I meab, how is “abcdef” any less arbitrary than “qwerty”?
Old 07-13-2018, 08:55 AM
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:09 AM
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To be absolutely optimal, keyboard design would vary by language. Right now, most latin-alphabet languages use qwerty variations: the majority of the letters are in the same spots, with variations on how to handle additional letters and other signs (, , , , !...). Even the much-hated+ azerty is very, very similar to qwerty.

My phone's putocorrector* already hates me because I write in multiple languages. Why would I want to have to look for letters in different spots for each of those languages?

+ by anybody who can touch-type on qwerty.
* is absolutely the right name for that thing.
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