YOU come into direct contact with your PCs keyboard more than you do any other component. You might go for years without ever thinking about-much less touching-your PCs processor or hard drive but most people pay much more attention to those components that they do to the one part of the component than they do to the one part of the computer that determines not how well the computer works, but how well they themselves work.
A poorly designed keyboard acts as a constant stumbling block to productivity and can even cause health problems. A well-designed keyboard is one that you never think about; you thoughts seem to flow directly from your mind to the computers screen without you being aware of what your fingers are doing.
Despite the importance of the keyboard, most manufacturers-and too many users-pay little attention to it. 1996, Microsoft made the biggest change in the keyboard since the function keys move from the left side to the top: Microsofts spli-board design made a concession to ergonomic by splitting the layout in half and angling the halves so they re in line with how our arms rest naturally on a desktop. The design has been widely copied, but its unlikely to complete replace the other arrangement that so many people are used to.
Regardless of changes in layout, the basic way a keyboard works has not changed significantly since the first IBM PC was introduced in the early 1980s.
Unfortunately there is nothing natural or intuitive about a keyboard. No child is born knowing how to type, and even when the skill is learned, theres little sence to it- no one can give a sensible esplanation of why the alphanumeric keys are arranged the way they are.
For many, the keyboard is actually a barrier to learning how to use a computer. Even for the experienced typist there nothing instinctive in pressing F5 to print a file.