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Laptop option on the way for ortholinear keyboard hipsters in form of MNT Reform add-on

Mike 137 Silver badge

ease of manufacture

Indeed the staggered layout of the typewriter was itself due to ease of manufacturing, as each key was connected to a long lever running away from the operator to the mechanism that flipped the type bar. The stagger allowed the levers to be straight and lie neatly side by side. If the "ortholinear" layout had been used (as it was on the early Chinese keyboard) all the levers would've had to have multiple bends in them, making them harder to manufacture and less rigid.

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