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Quirky Qwerty: A Biography of the Keyboard
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This book has lots of characters. It tells the story of each character on the computer keyboard, as well as the multitude of additional marks that cannot be found on the keys but can stil be typed by anyone using a computer.
Where did they all come from? The story of the keyboard spans from ancient hieroglyphs to the very recent, committee designed Euro symbol.
Ample drawings, poems and notes are used to tell how the keyboard itself came to have its quirky layout, and the history of the letters, numbers, signs, and symbols we encounter in everyday written communication. All are covered in this book, including the hash, the dollar sign, all the punctuation marks, and that very old but very "with-it" cyber-symbol, the @.
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