Instead of adhering to the qwerty paradigm that has its roots in mechanical typewriters, why no used a different layout? Or even get away from the whole keyboard mindset?
ok, come up with a new keyboard layout and see how long it will get accepted. I haven't done any research why the qwerty keyboard is layed out that way. I was talking with an old guy who learned to type using a typewriter with blank keys (I learned typing on mechanical typewriter but not with blank keys). Objective is so you don't have to look at the keyboard while you type. Start position is left fingers on "asdf" right fingers on "jkl;" as supposably those are most used letters, and fingers can easily reach other keys with next most used letters. I'm not sure were the semicolon came from unless I'm out of calibration. There are some people that learned to type without formal typewriter training (i.e. using the index finger of each hand, some of these people are blazing fast at the "hunt and peck" method).
Kind of reminds me why o why do we still use video framerate of 29.97 fps instead of even 30. It goes back to 1953 when they had to squeeze that color signal into TV transmission bandwidth (and not force people to upgrade to color TV which were very pricey). When computers came along, the CRT was an excellent display (common device everywhere). When computer monitors came along they had to be compatible with existing computers. When better computers came along (and sold by the millions), they had to be compatible with existing monitors (which number many millions). Of course there are some computer systems with specific monitors for specific purposes.