GOODS & SERVICES: New Ideas, Dec. 5, 1955

GOODS & SERVICES

Revamped Keyboard. A new rearrangement of typewriter keys, supposed to boost the average typist's speed by, 35%, will soon be tested by the U.S. Government. On the new keyboard, the most used keys are closest to the fingers' "home" position on the second row, and closest to the most agile fingers; vowels are on the second row. On a standard keyboard the left hand does 57% of the work; on the new keyboard, only 44%. Invented in 1934 by August Dvorak, now the University of Washington's research director, the new keyboard has drawn scattered cheers, but has...

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