Did you know the original QWERTY keyboard was missing the numbers 0 and 1?
Back in the 1860s, Christopher Latham Sholes, a newspaper editor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, decided to revolutionise the way we type.
He experimented with various keyboard designs, even one with only two rows of keys. Can you imagine typing on that today? By April 1870, he finally settled on a layout that closely resembles the QWERTY keyboard we all know and love.
But the 0 and 1 were missing. They were deemed redundant. Yep, you read that right. Sholes believed that the O and I could double up as 0 and 1. Talk about cutting corners.
This not only simplified the keyboard layout but also saved on manufacturing and maintenance costs. Clever, huh?
However, Sholes didn’t stop there. In the following years, he continued to tinker with his design. Although the patented version of 1878 still lacked the numbers 0 and 1, Sholes had found better spots for the full stop and ampersand.
So next time you’re tapping away on your keyboard, spare a thought for Sholes and his cost-cutting ingenuity.
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