Re: French accented letters (was: Re: Monetary decimal separators)

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Tue Sep 20 2005 - 15:30:34 CDT

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    From: "Antoine Leca" <>
    > Ah, and I forgot: Canadians just press Shift, then É. While I just press ´
    > (between Ñ and Ç), then Shift, then E. In other words, you can _also_ use
    > another keyboard, with another layout.

    Not a very easy solution for most users: it completely changes the layout of
    letters (QWERTY versus AZERTY), and the shift position of digits, but even
    worse the layout of almost all punctuation. This makes the Canadian keyboard
    layout difficult or nearly impossible to use with a French keyboard. Having
    to learn that layout is even more difficult than having to learn the numeric
    code sequences for the missing characters. So that's the worst solution, to
    be used by geeks.

    One could buy a Canadian keyboard, but many people use notebooks where the
    keyboard can't be replaced easily. Having to plug a second keyboard makes it
    no longer a notebook, and takes too much space and an additional cable. Same
    issue with extension keypads, even with wireless links (takes space in a
    bag, or in a pocket, one can forget it...)

    (The only people I know that use a QWERTY keyboard are programmers, because
    they can type ASCII more easily in programs, and they use US keyboards, but
    they have then more difficulty to just type French). It's very uncommon to
    find other keyboards in common shops and other keyboards than French or US
    are simply too expensive in France.

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