[Purdue-pm] Dvorak vs. QWERTY

Rick Westerman westerman at purdue.edu
Wed Jul 20 13:39:34 PDT 2011

A followup to yesterday's meeting, I enclose a rather heavy article on why Dvorak keyboard may not be better than QWERTY. The article comes from the economic view of why, if Dvorak was so better, it did not displace QWERTY. 


Basically the article says that the few studies that supposedly prove the superiority of Dvorak are potentially flawed.  Also the article points out there were many more keyboards beside the QWERTY one during in the early years of the invention of the typewriter.  With lots of competition between manufacturers and keyboards why did QWERTY win out ... unless it was the best or at least 'good enough'.

Rick Westerman 
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