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"QWERTY was designed to slow typists down" appears to be somewhat disputed claim, at least going by Google results. There are a few articles [0, 1] based on a paper [2] saying that the design was more due to feedback from telegraph operators rather than anything to do with typewriter mechanics.

On the other hand, if you subscribe to the "reduced jams" view, then that would arguably have the effect of speeding up typing due to having to deal with jams less frequently.

[0]: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fact-of-fiction-...

[1]: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/05/the-l...

[2]: http://kanji.zinbun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~yasuoka/publications/PreQ...




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