Apparatus which allowed the creation and mass production of readable type. Initially, the keys were arranged in an easy-to-use format, but had to be made more difficult so as to not jam the hammers. This resulted in the Qwerty layout. A better keyboard layout was later created by Dvorak and some other guy whose name is hardly ever mentioned. The fastest typist in the world uses the Dvorak Keyboard Layout, and a computer instead of a typewriter.

Type"writ`er (?), n.

1.

An instrument for writing by means of type, a typewheel, or the like, in which the operator makes use of a sort of keyboard, in order to obtain printed impressions of the characters upon paper.

2.

One who uses such an instrument.

 

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