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Re: Klingon keyboard

James (jameskng@direct.ca)



>> Not sure about the layout, but Cherry is an American company (they make
>> switches, and builds keyboards from them). This keyboard is from a UK
>> reseller, so I'd guess it would have a UK layout
> 
> Okay, I might be wrong about the origin of Cherry, the page gave a link to
> "Further information on the Cherry keyboard range can be found at the Cherry website."
> an this cherry website is german...
> (wikipedia gives the solution to this: it's an american company owned by a german company)

Ah, I didn't know they got acquired. All I know is that Cherry makes 
some nice switches (and keyboards) way back when in the 80's or so. 
There are still a few keyboard manufacturers out there that advertise 
the fact that they use Cherry keyswitches for reliability (or feel, or 
the clicky sound).

Their official site is http://www.cherrycorp.com/ (popped up in English 
here). According to their website, they started in Illinois in 1953, and 
were acquired by a German firm in 2008.

>> US keyboards are QWERTY, German ones are QWERTZ... on a US layout, the Z
>> key on the bottom row beside the left shift.
> 
> Exactly, and the picture of the klingon keyboard shows the layout as QWERTZ, since the letter Y is where you expected
> it..
> 
> To complete this discussion, this is the layout of this klingon keyboard:
> Q w e r t (gh) u I o p
> a S D ng gh H j (e) l
> y ch v (ch) b n m
> 
> The (gh) in the first row fills the letter Z
> The (e) in the second row fills the letter K
> (this should have been lower case {q})
> The (ch) in the third row fills the letter X
> this should have been {tlh}, and they messed up the correct order. Or is this a US layout?

I guess they're depicting a German layout for whatever reason.

Wikipedia has a nice diagram showing US and German layouts:

US: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KB_United_States-NoAltGr.svg

German: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KB_Germany.svg

I'm not sure what layout they're using...

> Quvar.






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