The evolution to USB-C connectors just after the release of the USB 3.1 standard promised simplicity. Instead of host device Type-A and peripheral Type-B, Mini-B, Micro-B, and others, a single connector works for both ends of a connection and carries both power and data. Power can flow either way with the same cable: a computer charging a battery or phone; a battery charging a computer. It’s also reversible across its long axis, so it’s impossible to insert it in the wrong orientation.
USB-C was supposed to be the last cable you would ever need. It hasn’t worked out that way.
Better names for standards, mandatory logos on cables. That’s all we needed from the USB-IF. This has been bungled so hard they couldn’t have messed it up more if they tried.
USB-IF needs more enforcement too. I got a therapy light for Christmas to help with adjusting my sleep cycle, and it has what looks like a USB charger, to the point of having a USB Mini connector with the trademarked USB logo on it… but the label on the wall wart says it outputs 19.2 VDC… and this is bought from a brick-and-mortar store in Canada and made by an American company.
Likewise, apparently the new Unicomp keyboards use USB A-A cables because they thought them more robust than putting a USB Mini-B or Micro-B connector on the keyboard… what about original USB B? (I believe I discovered that through an LGR Blerbs video, if anyone wants a source.)