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Offline bonheur

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Best layout for CA, EN, ES, FR. Interpunct?
« on: Tue, 26 April 2011, 11:30:15 »
Hey guys!

I'd like to know wich keyboard layout do you think is the best suited to write in the following four languages on a regular basis: Catalan, English, Spanish, and French.

This means having easy access to characters like: , , (interpunct; not .), , , , , , €, $, ~, &, ^, , among many others. I seldom use the "" and "" (inverted !) so I could avoid those.

Back before learning those languages I was told to go buy a "traditional spanish" keyboard and so I did since then. But reading the Wikipedia page on keyboard layouts I found the following layouts:

Standard layout:


Standard International layout:


Traditional Spanish layout:


Portuguese (Brazil) layout:


Portuguese (Portugal) layout:


After looking at the above keyboard layouts, I think the Portuguese layouts do not have the interpunct () so I should discard them. But I read that the "US International" keyboard layout should cover the Catalan language so I'm wondering whether it's got the Interpunct.

After reading this source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/97738 and this other source: http://www.forlang.wsu.edu/help/keyboards1.asp it seems like that the US International keyboard layout is not able to reproduce the Interpunct (). Thus, I'll stick with the Traditional Spanish keyboard layout to write in EN, CA, ES, and FR.

P.S.

More about the interpunct on here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpunct
More about keyboard layouts on here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout
Other references about the "US International" keyboard layout:
   http://www.csus.edu/fl/keyboard.html
http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/technology/typing-accents-keyboard.shtml
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306560
http://jaltembajalapeno.com/lang/en/computer-stuffinformatica/how-to-use-spanish-characters-on-an-english-keyboard/how-to-install-international-keyboard-for-windows-7-and-vista/
http://www.mvla.net/teachers/TerriS/Spanish%20IV%20Language%20AP/Documents/International%20Keyboard%20Information.pdf (here is where it says that the "US International keyboard layout was made to include all the common characters used in Catalan, hence I understand that it should include the Interpunct).
« Last Edit: Tue, 26 April 2011, 12:21:51 by bonheur »

Offline Popkeymon

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Best layout for CA, EN, ES, FR. Interpunct?
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 26 April 2011, 18:17:11 »
did you make a search in the OS built-in layouts for these languages yet? they must be built in the system for i18n.

Offline bonheur

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Best layout for CA, EN, ES, FR. Interpunct?
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 27 April 2011, 07:34:56 »
Yes, Sir. They are all available with Win7 EN.

Offline sam113101

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« Reply #3 on: Sun, 15 May 2011, 21:05:07 »
Hoping to hear from you again, your dearest friend, sam113101.

Offline Zet

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« Reply #4 on: Tue, 17 May 2011, 22:36:28 »
Get a traditional Spanish layout Keyboard, or a UK layout, which mainly have the same keys but legends are different, this both layouts I think, are better than the 104 US layout, and then proceed to use AUTOHOTKEY to make some scripts or key remapps so you can make the keyboard work just like you need. The lettering on top of the keycaps is nothing, what really matter is the key junction, that's why I advice to get a keyboard with as many keys as possible to make it work with fewer autohotkey scripts as needed, and just have enouth keys for everything.

Get a look at the 108 japanese layout, if I'm not wrong, is the one with most keys on, I would love to get my hands on one of this ;)
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Offline edada

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« Reply #5 on: Tue, 03 January 2012, 05:15:10 »
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I also think bpo is great for catalan, although you may switch and