The Space Key

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .
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The Spacebar, spanning 5 keys on Apple laptop keyboard.
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[image source [ 2016-03-14 https://twitter.com/SimoneGiertz/status/708978187599007744 ] ]

History of Space Key, Why Long Spacebar?

Typewriter Spacebar History

Do We Need Long Spacebar?

Spacebar is a waste of space.

It should be no more than 2 key's width. The rest space can be used for {Backspace ⌫, Return, Alt.}.

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Book practical typewriting, dated 1990, on spacebar length. [image source [ 2017-05-17 https://twitter.com/mwichary/status/865027750851100672 ], thanks to Marcin Wichary]

Length of Spacebar

On older Keyboards up to 1990s, the spacebar span 7 to 9 keys.

Keyboards after 2000, the spacebar span 5 to 6 keys.

Better design is to have many thumb keys in place of the spacebar.

Many Ergonomic Keyboards now split the space into 2 or more keys.

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Ergonomic Keyboards

Tiny Spacebar

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Tiny Spacebar

Big Ass Spacebar

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Big Ass Spacebar

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