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Re: [tlug] Peripheral hardware hunting

2008/9/2 Curt Sampson <>:
> On 2008-08-31 21:08 +0900 (Sun), Ian Wells wrote:
>> - A UK keyboard
>> US keyboards and JP keyboards are widely available, but UK ones have
>> more keys than US ones and using a UK mapping loses access to critical
>> characters, JP ones are annoying because of the undersized backspace
>> key.  And mentally switching between the two layouts is unbelievably
>> annoying (@ and " get swapped).
> Note that what codes the keys generate is independent of the physical
> layout of the keyboard; you've probably noticed that a Japanese keyboard
> will use something pretty close to a US layout unless you specify
> explicitly that it should use the Japanese keymappings.

This is true, but:

US or UK layout + JP physical keyboard = missed spacebar, delete
(which remappings can assist with to an extent, but it's still

UK layout + US physical keyboard = missing key (\|, iirc - and there's
no logical place to put it)

US layout + UK keyboard = annoying US layout ;-)

Edward makes a valid point, too, as a work with another British person
with an appreciation for properly laid out keyboards...


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