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Old 2nd June 2008, 10:04 PM   #11
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funny thing about mental 'lock-in' - I somehow doubt that (at least Deboichet) will change over to something more 'rational.' Think QWERTY keyboards - those were designed when the first mechanical type writers were built a long time ago, with the goal of slowing down the typist (by making her hunt for keys in unexpected, out of the way locations on the keyboard layout) so as to avoid jamming the (at that time not very robust) type writer mechanisms (those little levers with the type stamp hitting against the ink ribbon would otherwise get caught up in each other). Now that this constraint no longer exists (and hasn't for several generations of touch-typists...), one would think we'd have gone to something like the Dvorak keyboard (or something else that was designed to SPEED UP typing, rather than slow it down), but once something is "the standard"...

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