Wondering what a proficient, super skilled Spanish text/copy editor individual does to type accents like á and tilde's like ñ. Wondering if they, on a Mac, would use the popup that appears if you hold a character (which seems slow for a fast typer). Or if they use the built-in keyboard shortcuts for Mac or Windows (like alt+e for ´ on Mac). Or if they use vim or some other specialized text editor. Or perhaps a custom virtual keyboard overlay, which just maps the keys to something specifically useful to Spanish. Or maybe it's completely different from these options. Basically am interested to know how one does it in a way that isn't annoying like it is on the standard Mac keyboard, either with the popup or the alt codes.


Full time, native Spanish speakers will likely use a Spanish keyboard layout. Most keyboard and laptops you buy in region where the language is widely used would also likely have a Spanish keyboard as an option or as default.

An image of what Spanish standard layout looks like:

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(source: narod.ru)

If you're an occasional speakers of the language, you can change your keyboard layout to Spanish by changing your system keyboard settings. This obviously won't change the keys printed on the keyboard, but there's just a few keys that are different that you just have to memorise those differences.

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