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the tyranny of QWERTY

I have a longer discussion about whether the iPhone will do well in Japan planned for when I have more than a moment to blog, but I wanted to point folks to an article on alternative interfaces to computers which Jeff Yang recently wrote in SFGate: ASIAN POP / Off key
My quote is:

“To a certain extent, Asia is a slave to the alpha keyboard,”

I’m pretty sure I said qwerty keyboard, but I’ll let Jeff slide 😉

“Many input methods for languages like Chinese and Japanese require knowledge of the Roman alphabet to use, which is crazy when you think of it. Imagine if the PC was developed in China and everyone in the rest of the world needed to know Chinese before inputting their own alphabet. Well, that’s the case for a lot of PC users in China and Japan.”

My blog’s comments are still broken and I haven’t had time to fix them, so I’ll close comments. Once I have time to fix the comments, I’ll re-open comments and inform you here. Apologies!