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: Ç, Ñ, · (interpunct; not .), À, Á, È, É, Ê, €, $, ~, &, ^, º, 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 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.
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.htmlhttp://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/technology/typing-accents-keyboard.shtmlhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/306560http://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).