QWERTY vs 1,2,3

 When I was in the sixth form we were given the choice of a study period or typing on Thursday mornings.

This was way back in 1973 before computers were common place and typing was normally the preserve of girls in the commercial classes. But the idea of typing appealed more than studying so that’s what I did and I’ve had many reasons to be grateful for those lessons since.

My hand writing is appalling so being able to type essays was a definite help at university and touch typing gave me a head start over those able only to use two fingers at journalism school. My ability to type also enabled me to do office temping when I was looking for work in London and that’s where I first came across word processors which was the start of the march by computers into offices, homes and schools.

Although handicapped by the fact I type faster than I spell, I still prefer typing to writing . In spite of that I’m very slow at texting and wonder if that’s because the letters don’t follow the QWERTY keyboard pattern.

The people who design mobile phones  must think   so because the numeric key pads are going to be replaced by QWERTY ones.

Goodbye, numeric cell phone keypads. You’re going the way of the rotary dial. Touch screens and QWERTY keyboards will take over from here, thank you.

I don’t think they’ll be able to get a phone keypad that’s big enough for touch typing and small enough to be convenient but for those of  used to QWERTY it’ll be easier than 1,2,3.

4 Responses to QWERTY vs 1,2,3

  1. Pique Oil says:

    Like you, my handwriting is best described as pre doctor on an evolutionary scale.
    Unfortunately caning and strapping did not fix it and no one thought of typing for a male!
    I struggle with three -four fingers but at least it is legible.
    Cell phones with bluetooth have this option available.

    would be the must have for oilco bm’s and other empty suits if it didn’t show the world their lack of ability at things like typing.


  2. pdm says:

    As a sixth former in 1963 a couple of mates and I chose typing over study – I should have studied as I missed UE accreditation. My recollection is that the home keys were – asdfg and jkl; so while I recognise the qwerty keys their significance does not mean much.

    While I am a reasonably quick, two finger typist. I guess the 4th form girls were too much of a distraction, despite the unflattering uniforms.


  3. Kismet says:

    LOL you type faster than you spell too – I thought that was a handicap only I had!

    Find the changing times interesting – I was not allowed to learn to type at high school apparently far too clever to be allowed to do that, instead I got three years of Latin. I taught myself to touch type at Varsity as computers started sneaking into general use. My mother caused great consternation six years later by insisting my sister did typing “But her tests show she has a high IQ” wailed the deputy headmistress “she’ll be wasted” (she grew up to become a school teacher, these days she’s teaching IT…)


  4. homepaddock says:

    pdm – qwerty are the first six letters on a standard keyboard, above the asdfg home keys for the left hand.


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