French government wants alternative layout AZERTY keyboard

Jan

22

2016

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has normalization and standardization institute AFNOR in Paris gave a mandate for the summer to come up with a list of recommendations on the layout of a new standard keyboard for France.

typewriter One of the reasons that the ministry wants to set a new standard for the French AZERTY keyboard, because it is virtually impossible to write good French with a qwerty keyboard, so says the ministry on his own site. For example, the use of numbers not very flexible. Figures or in the same place as with a QWERTY keyboard, but to use them, use uppercase mode or ‘shift’ needs, otherwise other signs appear.

The standard must be developed gradually replace the current French AZERTY keyboard. The new keyboard should be the quality of the written French up. According AFNOR write even people with keyboards from countries like Germany or Spain better French than with its own keyboard.

The problem with the layout of a QWERTY keyboard is that it is not standardized, in contrast to the qwerty keyboards widely used in The Netherlands. Therefore, the layout can vary by brand, making certain accents and the like do not always sit in the same place, such as the at sign ‘@’ and the euro sign ‘€’. Also putting an emphasis on capital is not always easy. For example, the c-cedilla or Ç in uppercase form can create problems, while the popular ‘Ça’ at the beginning of a sentence prevalent. Also, it is the making of a ligature, or a combination of characters such as æ œ and inconvenient. It is also not easy to make a double chevron. The double chevron ‘«»’ is the French way of recording a quote, what are the double quotes in Dutch, either “” or “.

Since making certain letters, such as uppercase letters with accents, is so difficult to use less and less French capital letters with accents, something the French ministry is an eyesore. The latter especially because people are starting to think that “it is not necessary” in capital letters.

One of the reasons that there are different types of keyboards exist, that typewriters could beat previously set by the quick succession inputting various characters or just to put certain characters in a more logical place in connection with the requirements of the language. In Dutch Dutch also exist keyboards with another own ij “a ligature. Try on a mechanical typewriter with hammers but once in rapid succession the ‘i’ and tap the ‘j’, then the hammers hitting rammed into each other. On older Dutch keyboards is also a florin sign, deƒ, for the guilder.

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