?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

tpyographical

Why is it so hard to find a US-International keyboard? It's easier to find one with a Dvorak layout!

The US-International layout replaces one of the Alt keys with an Alt-Gr key which lets you access all kinds of special characters such as the Euro (€), Pilcrow (¶), copyright (©), section (§) and other symbols.  You can also type accented characters by pressing the accent key, then the letter (for instance, the tilde (~) then the letter n to type an ñ).  With the standard US layout, you have to either use Character Map or memorize complex keystrokes (to type ñ, you have to hold down the Alt key and type 0241 on the keypad).


Comments

( 3 pieces of cheese — Leave some cheese )
twigmouse
Jul. 4th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
Can't you just change the keyboard layout in windows to get the same effect? Under regional settings I think? I dunno, never tried myself, but it's worth a shot.
captpackrat
Jul. 4th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
That would work, but it would require memorizing the layout, since a regular US keyboard doesn't have the symbols on the keycaps.

I have seen a place selling stickers with the extra symbols, but I don't know how long they would hold up. I'd prefer a proper keyboard.
foxwolfie_galen
Jul. 5th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Normally, the only difference in the keyboards is the labels on the keys. You'll probably need to oder one online for a European company that is willing to ship to the US, or ask a friend across the pond to buy one for you.
( 3 pieces of cheese — Leave some cheese )