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** QWERTY **

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This article is about the keyboard layout. For other uses, see QWERTY
(disambiguation).
A QWERTY keyboard on a laptop computer

*QWERTY* /ˈkwɜrti/ is the most common modern-day keyboard layout for
Latin script. The name comes from reading the first six keys appearing on
the top left letter row of the keyboard (Q, W, E, R, T, and Y) from left to
right. The QWERTY design is based on a layout created for the Sholes and
Glidden typewriter and sold to Remington in 1873. It became popular with
the success of the Remington No. 2 of 1878, and remains in use on
electronic keyboards due to the network effect of a standard layout and a
belief that alternatives fail to provide very significant advantages.^[1]
The use and adoption of the QWERTY keyboard is often viewed as one of the
most important case studies in open standards because of the widespread,
collective adoption and use of the product.^[2]

*Contents*

· 1 History and purposes

· 1.1 Differences from modern layout

· 1.1.1 Substituting characters
· 1.1.2 Combined characters

· 1.2 Contemporary alternatives

· 2 Properties
· 3 Computer keyboards
· 4 Diacritical marks and international variants

· 4.1 UK-Extended Layout
· 4.2 Other keys and characters
· 4.3 International variants

· 4.3.1 Canadian

· 4.3.1.1 Canadian Multilingual Standard
· 4.3.1.2 Quebec French

· 4.3.2 Czech (QWERTY)
· 4.3.3 Danish
· 4.3.4 Dutch (Netherlands)
· 4.3.5 Estonian
· 4.3.6 Faroese
· 4.3.7 Finnish multilingual
· 4.3.8 Icelandic
· 4.3.9


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY


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