Should default keyboard be based on location?

Florian Diesch diesch at
Mon May 26 06:27:23 UTC 2008

Markus Hitter <mah at> wrote:

> Am 24.05.2008 um 22:20 schrieb Evan:
>> While living in Germany might point towards the use of a german- 
>> layout keyboard, any decision really depends on what percent of  
>> German users actually use german-layout keyboards.
> Calculate with some 99%. Every PC offered comes with a german  
> keyboard by default and only few vendors allow to change to an  
> english layout. This holds true for even smaller markets like german- 
> speaking switzerland.
>> However, it is my guess that the standard US-English layout is  
>> common enough that it makes sense to leave this as-is.
> The reason, germans don't scream is, characters are almost the same  
> on the german vs. the english keyboard. 

The hardware is different (German keyboards have one more key).

BTW, British keyboards are different from US ones, so "english
keyboard" is misleading here.

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