Keyboard (kê¹bôrd´, -bord´)
A set of keys, as on a computer terminal, word processor, typewriter, or piano.
An input device that lets you communicate with the computer.
Keyboard Layout (kê’bord lâ`out)
The key arrangement used for a particular keyboard, including such factors as the number of keys (101 is thecurrent standard) and the configuration of the keys (QWERTY is the standard). Some proprietary systems usedifferent layouts, and many allow you to map characters to the keys according to your preferences.
A keyboard layout named for the six leftmost characters in the top row of alphabetic characters on mostkeyboards-the standard layout of most typewriters and computer keyboards.
(de-vor’zhak kê`bord, de-vor’zhäk, dê-vor’ak)
A keyboard layout developed by August Dvorak and William L. Dealey in 1936 as an alternative to theoverwhelmingly popular QWERTY keyboard. The Dvorak keyboard was designed to speed typing by placingthe characters on the keyboard for easiest access to the most frequently typed letters. In addition, pairs of letters that often occur sequentially were separated so that the hands could alternate typing them.
A keyboard designed to reduce the risk of wrist and hand injuries that result from prolonged use or repetitivemovement. An ergonomic keyboard can include such features as alternate key layouts and palm rests.