The Quiz: Why was the QWERTY keyboard invented?
To use with the Cyrillic alphabet
To slow down typing
To speed up typing
It was a manufacturing error
The first thing typists will learn is that the keys on the keyboard aren’t arranged in alphabetical order, or even any other sensible recognizable pattern. But this is by design. Named for the first six letters in the top row of letters, the QWERTY keyboard is believed to have been designed to improve the performance of mechanical typewriters. The keyboard spaced frequently used letters far apart to prevent the lever arms from becoming tangled. The slower the typist worked, the less likely the arms were to get tangled. This design stuck and is still used on modern keyboards.
The correct answer to this quiz is To slow down typing.