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A keyboard layout is any specific mechanical, visual, or functional arrangement of the keys, legends, or key-meaning associations (respectively) of a computer, typewriter, or other typographic keyboard.

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Mainstream Language Dvorak Equivalent [on hold]

The English language is both peculiar but not unique in that in addition to have a Qwerty keyboard under languages installed by default there is Dvorak(a theoretical more efficient keyboard layout.) ...
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Why is the US keyboard symbol layout different then most other keyboards?

If you look at the US keyboard layout and compare to let's say many other layouts(except UK English) the symbols are often in a different order. What is the historical reason for this? It would seem ...
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ISO vs ANSI Keyboard layout to display on website

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 ...
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Why were Ctrl-Z and Ctrl-Y chosen as undo/redo shortcuts?

Is there a reason why some keyboard shortcuts are chosen? Specifically, ControlZ and ControlY. Sometimes I happen to switch from a QWERTY keyboard to a QWERTZ keyboard. Apart from the time it takes ...
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Why do we have both backspace and delete keys on most keyboards?

I wonder why both backspace and delete keys exist on so many keyboards. For example, the commonly used 104-key PC US English QWERTY keyboard: Personally I prefer backspace, and would only use delete ...
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Why are the right- and left- quotation marks on iOS's keyboard reversed?

I'm curious if there's a UX-oriented explanation for putting the right-quotation-mark tap-and-hold-key(s) to the left of the left-quotation-mark key on iOS.  AFAIK, the keys have been orientated this ...
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Why does the numpad have arrows?

Simple question, as stated in the title. What is the reasoning behind the arrows on the numpad of my keyboard?
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Keyboard layout for (learning to / switching) hands

I would like to know, if keyboards had songs for flipping the keyboard along the vertical axis of the phone's display, than would that happen someone who wanted to learn how to key in or swipe keys ...
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Why do Chromebooks have an odd power button? [closed]

Most Chromebooks come with an unconventional position for the power button. This button is placed at the right top of the keyboard. It's often a replacement of the delete button. When you press the ...
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Universal or standard pattern of keyboard layout design

One of the arguments for having different keyboard layout designs is that they are tailored for different devices and their usage. So for example, a physical keyboard layout is often similar on a ...
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Why are the keys on a keyboard square?

Some of the keys on a keyboard are rectangular in shape, and the Enter key is often a strange shape, but the majority of keys are square. But there could be other possible shapes for those keys. For ...
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Why aren't keyboards' home and top rows aligned nicely?

If you're like most people, your keyboard looks something like this: The keen eye will notice that all but one set of adjacent rows on a regular keyboard are aligned at half-key increments: the top ...
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Wake Up key on keyboard

Noticed this keyboard that has a "Wake Up" key next to the "Sleep" key. What is the use of this key? Most keyboards I know that have a Sleep key don't have a Wake Up key; to raise a computer from ...
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Why are keyboard rows staggered the way they are now? [duplicate]

This is a follow-up question based on Why are keyboard keys staggered?. The accepted answer explained how this staggered design originates to earliest typewriter. My question is, why do they stagger ...
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Why is the 0 next to 9, not next to 1? [duplicate]

On almost all keyboard layouts I have ever seen, the 0 is to the right of the 9, rather than to the left of the 1 (the original Dvorak layout is the only exception I can think of; it has 0 between 9 ...
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Best way to display 3 different keyboards in a single flow even if the input is variable in each screen?

I'm gathering feedback on the best way to show a keyboard on screen that will provide different keys depending on the input needed. The user will have to input 3 different values in three different ...
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Which “alphabetic” keys are commonly used on Qwerty for cursor movements?

Which are the "layouts" that have been successfully used when making "alphabetic" keys on Qwerty used as cursor movement keys or as arrow keys? Here are the two i know of: <h>: <Left>, &...
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Learning multiple keyboard layouts

Spanish keyboards are not very friendly to C++ developers. While | # and ~ are hard but reasonably accessible, [ ] { and } are really hard to type. Not to mention, there are some dead keys that force ...
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iOS lock screen has letters

The iPhone lock screen has letters under the numbers, which is weird for me, I'm not enabling any advanced lock screen which requires letters at all. The passcode is 4 digits. Why would apple add ...
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Reduced keyboard layouts (software or hardware)

Are there any keyboard layouts designed to use a reduced set of keys, such as the home row (asdfghjkl;) and the rows above and below? I imagine typing would be easier to learn, a possibly more ...
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What's the best way to determine if a character is universally easy to type?

What would be the best way to determine if a particular keyboard character is available/convenient (enough) for most/all end users to type, regardless of keyboard layout? For instance, if I want to ...
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Why do modern keyboards have Scroll Lock?

The Scroll Lock key is useless in the modern day, and some higher-end keyboards don't even have it: Same can be said for the Pause and Break keys, but however it pauses the BIOS POST output on many ...
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Show special keyboard view when entering a password on mobile devices?

Mobile operating systems typically show different virtual keyboards depending on context. The default keyboard might show A-Z, while a keyboard for entering a telephone number might show 0-9 (so you ...
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Why some programs use alphabetically layouted keyboards?

today I used my youtube app on my LG smart tv. I was going to search for a video and there was an keyboard displayed on the tv. With my remote I can type my search string. But I was kind of irritated ...
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Why do some keyboards extend the Return key up into the backslash?

Most keyboards have a rectangular Return (often labeled Enter) key. Above it they have the \ key and above that is a rectangular Backspace key. Some keyboards, however, have a weird shaped Return key ...
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Layout for on-screen hexadecimal keyboard

I am to design a web-based, on-screen keyboard for a touch interface. Users will only need to input 0-9 and the letters A-F. In addition to this, they need a backspace, and possibly a "clear" button. ...
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Onscreen keyboard standards [duplicate]

I need to design an onscreen keyboard for a touch device and wondering if there are any standards to follow especially pertaining to key sizes?
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Should we bring back the user to the ABC mode on the SmartPhone keyboard automatically after they have entered some symbols/numbers/punctuation?

Should we bring back the user to the ABC mode on the SmartPhone keyboard automatically after they have entered some symbols/numbers/punctuation marks?
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Why is the “Shift” key below the home row and not on the bottom row?

It is suggested that one should use only four fingers (index finger to little finger) to type letters and numbers, while the thumbs are only used for spaces and other keys in the bottom row. Also, it ...
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On a US keyboard why is + shifted but - isn't?

I am wondering why standard US keyboards allow you to type - by simply hitting the key, but the + button right next to it needs the Shift key. The default for that key is = and not a minus symbol. + ...
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Overriding the default input method on smartphones

I am currently working on a project on which I'm asked to design a virtual keyboard that would replace the default one when a user needs to fill a form on the mobile version of all our websites and ...
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Should 'ABC' keyboard layout be used in single-purpose devices?

I have noticed, that some (well, quite many!) single-purpose devices (like: GPS for a car or some photo frames) use 'ABC' keyboard layout as default one, instead of the (local) standard QWERTY. And in ...
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Why are keyboard keys staggered?

In every keyboard that I have used, the keys are arranged so that the keys are staggered a small increment to the left from the previous row. Q is above and slightly to the left of A, and A is above ...