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# Bernand: For which language, and thus which frequency

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13 Oct 2009, 05:31
Wow, the opinion sure seems pretty divided for this one. I found another post on this forum that had the same question - http://gmatclub.com/forum/cr-keyboard-50706.html

According to one of them, OA is A.

I agree with A, since it offers an explanation as to why the keyboard layout is still the same in spite of technological advancements - people who buy it are used to the old layout and demand it.

[B] is close too, but [A] is a stronger rebuttal. Keep in mind that the answer choice does not have to seem probable ..

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13 Oct 2009, 07:46
Bernand: For which language, and thus which frequency distribution of letters and letter sequences, was the standard typewriter keyboard designed?
Cora: To ask this question, you must be making a mistaken assumption: that typing speed was to be maximized. The real danger with early typewriters was that operators would hit successive keys too quickly, thereby crashing typebars into each other, bending connecting wires and so on. So the idea was to slow the operator down by making the most common letter sequences awkward to type.
Bernand: This is surely not right! These technological limitations have long since vanished, yet the keyboard is still as it was then.
Which one of the following, if true, could be used by Cora to counter Bernard’s rejection of her explanation?
(A) Typewriters and word-processing equipment are typically sold to people who have learned to use the standard keyboard and who, therefore, demand it in equipment they buy.
(B) Typewriters have been superseded in most offices by word-processing equipment, which has inherited the standard keyboard from typewriters.
(C) The standard keyboard allows skilled operators to achiever considerable typing speeds, thought it makes acquiring such skills relatively difficult.
(D) A person who has learned one keyboard layout can readily learn to use a second one in place of the first, but only with difficulty learn to use a second one alongside the first.
(E) It is now possible to construct typewriter and word-processing equipment in which a single keyboard can accommodate two or even more different keyboard layouts, each accessible to the operator at will.

IMO its A as CORA wants to prove that inspite of the technological advances which can solve the problem of the cashing typebars the same is being carried out because......

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