We have an on screen keyboard on our website and are debating ISO vs ANSI because we are targeting European and Nordic customers. Unfortunately the keyboard layout can not really be detected with JavaScript.

I have never been overseas but in North America I have rarely seen anything but a United States keyboard layout(ANSI).

Is the ISO keyboard layout common enough overseas merit showing ISO ANSI?

  • You can probably use country and/or language and/or platform to determine the best layout. CLDR probably has helpful info for you. – jcaron Aug 18 '18 at 16:01
  • @jcaron yes you can some but ISO vs ANSI has really been a toss up in my experience. Meaning it still doesn't answer which is more common in the Nordic countries. – William Aug 18 '18 at 16:02
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    According to www-01.ibm.com/software/globalization/topics/keyboards/… all western and northern european countries use the ISO layout. But note that the layout goes way beyond ISO vs ANSI. There are lots of of differences in the layout of the various keys from one country to another (possibly even from one language to another in the same country) and from platform to another (macOS and Windows don't use the same layouts), which are probably more important than the physical layout, especially for an on-screen keyboard. People don't type on screen blindly. – jcaron Aug 18 '18 at 16:47
  • @jcaron "all western and northern european countries use the ISO layout" I'm assuming you mean all but the United States which may be true. – William Aug 18 '18 at 17:02
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    I’m talking about European countries only, so I definitely exclude the US. Wikipedia seems to indicate that some Eastern European countries use ANSI layouts but that does not seem to be consistent with other sources. – jcaron Aug 18 '18 at 21:09

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