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Old May 3rd, 2007, 05:25 AM   #1
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English/French Keyboard

Can anyone tell me what the difference is between, say, the English keyboard on a Power/MacBook and the French keyboard? The reason I ask is if I purchase a PB from someone in Montreal, should I inquire about the keyboard, or does it really matter at all?
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 07:18 AM   #2
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Definitely ask. I remember some time ago that someone really didn't like the french keyboard when they were used to the english keyboard. It's laid out a little different.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 07:21 AM   #3
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I'll post up a photo as we have a few MacBooks with French Canadian ( different than French ) keyboards.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 08:51 AM   #4
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Unless you type in French regularly, you are not going to want a French keyboard. The layout is quite different, mostly for the symbols, which will mess you up bigtime if you're used to an English keyboard. I worked in Montreal for a couple of years and hated every time I had to use a French keyboard. Nothing against French, I'm sure someone who used a French keyboard all their life would find it annoying to work on an English keyboard just the same.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 09:38 AM   #5
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Yeah, definitely ask. Swapping a French PB keyboard is expensive, both the labor involved and the part itself ($140+ for the English keyboard on that kind of unit).
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 09:48 AM   #6
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Thanks for your advice. The unit I had my eye on has been sold. I never did actually find out if it was a Canadian French keyboard. Just an assumption.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 10:21 AM   #7
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Unless you type in French regularly, you are not going to want a French keyboard.
This is a bit off-topic, but you've inspired a short venting episode.

I type in French regularly, though not primarily, and I still wouldn't want a French keyboard. After years of occasional use (usually on PCs) I've finally figured out where all the accents are, but I still find it a great big drag and still have to hunt for question marks, quotation marks, the @ sign and slashes. I find it much easier to type option+[e, i, u, `]+vowel to get accented characters. (Or option-c for ç. I don't think I know where that one is on a FR keyboard.)
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 10:41 AM   #8
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I've used both kind of keyboards. I prefer the english one (even if my main language is french) but both keyboards have the exact same keys (expect on old keyboards).

You can switch the layout in the OS... but you will have to remember where all the keys are.
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French Canadian MacBook keyboard for reference

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Old May 3rd, 2007, 12:36 PM   #10
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How about a France French keyboard.. the AZERTY?

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