Should default keyboard be based on location?

Caroline Ford at
Mon May 26 12:39:28 UTC 2008

2008/5/26 Florian Diesch <diesch at>:
> 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.

UK keyboards are different, and computers here always come with UK
keyboards. Our keyboards have £ above the 3, and " and @ are in
different places.


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