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So, I've read in several places that QWERTY was designed to slow typists down. Therefore, there must have been an older layout that was actually faster. According to wikipedia this is not correct (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qwerty).

The first layout was a simple minded alphabetical layout which jammed, so QWERTY was designed to let typists go fast AND not have the mechanical stuff jam up.

It's designed to allow a person to type as fast as possible within a set of constraints that are no longer relevant to the vast majority of typists.

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