From: verdy_p (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 07 2010 - 12:35:25 CST
> Message du 07/01/10 02:48
> De : "Asmus Freytag"
> A : "verdy_p"
> Copie à : "Karl Pentzlin" , "Michael Everson" , "Unicode Mailing
> Objet : Re: Latin-script keyboard layout (was RE: Quick Question About Korean Input Methods)
> On my notebook, the numeric keypad labels are not printed on the top,
> but on the front of the key....
My notebook (a new one as well as all the past ones I have used) could not fit any symbol on the front of keys.
Doing that would make the keyboard too thick, and with the current development of notebooks to reduce their weight,
there's simply no space available to put anything on the front of keys, all labels must fit on top of keys, meaning
that there cannot be a third row of labels, unless the labels have a ridiculously small and hardly readable size.
Do you really describe a notebook?
May be yours was sold 10 years ago when they were much heavier & thicker. All the notebooks I can see today use very
thin keys and can't fit any label on the front of keys (unless you reduce the surface of the top to make the front
visible, making it rectangular instead of square (but this will not increase the surface for fitting labels, and it
will be more difficult to type on smaller keys which will also be less rigid and more fragile).
I'm curious to see how your keyboard can be. Anyway, we are not speaking here about the numeric keypad (which is not
concerned by the proposal, given that it remains an optional addon, and the ISO proposal does not use any Group3 or
Level3 mapping on these keys). But typing on this keypad can be quite tricky with keys with small surfaces.
On my notebook, only the keys on the F1..F12 rows have a reduced size (well this is also the case of the four arrow
keys) that have a half height and are located on the last row below the right Shift key). And even on these keys, no
label can fit on the front (which is also more vertical and not slanted like other keys).
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