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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #21
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I'm surprised that the Apple French Canadian keyboard is so different from the "standard" French Canadian keyboard.
The only keys I expected to be different are the ones on either side of the space bar.


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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 07:01 PM   #22
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I'm surprised that the Apple French Canadian keyboard is so different from the "standard" French Canadian keyboard.
The only keys I expected to be different are the ones on either side of the space bar.


Yup, that's why it's so great. The above keyboard suxors. The "alt gr" key is the biggest pain in the butt. I believe you have to use alt gr to get the question mark or else you get the symbol besides the numbers (instead of above). Yuck.

Apple french canadian keyboard gives you (used in a/that so it's used often) (used for nearly all past tense verbs) and (at). As you can imagine, just the words that and at are so common, that having to hit 2 or 3 keys to type these words makes typing considerably more difficult. You do have to get used to pressing shift comma for apostrophe's though, that's the biggest drawback. The pros greatly outweigh the cons in my opinion.
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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #23
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Well, it's great if that is the only keyboard you use.

Last time I was in Europe I sort of went nuts because the @ symbol which is needed for each email address wasn't a visible key anywhere on the German keyboard.
Makes one wonder who comes up with these keyboard layouts - I guess for the German one people who have never sent an email.
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Well, it's great if that is the only keyboard you use.

Last time I was in Europe I sort of went nuts because the @ symbol which is needed for each email address wasn't a visible key anywhere on the German keyboard.
Makes one wonder who comes up with these keyboard layouts - I guess for the German one people who have never sent an email.
I believe that the AZERTY keyboard by default gives you characters (above the letters) and you have to press a key (shift or the dreaded alt gr) to get the numbers! Even the Canadian CSA keyboard isn't very good. Apple french canadian all the way! Good for english or french speakers alike since the letters layout is the same (qwerty) and there are only minor changes to symbols.
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Old Jan 20th, 2012, 11:56 PM   #25
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Depends what type of document one creates most of the time.
I use the square brackets a fair bit and also the tilde, I don't see those symbols on any of the keys of the Apple French keyboard which I assume means some special key combination.
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Depends what type of document one creates most of the time.
I use the square brackets a fair bit and also the tilde, I don't see those symbols on any of the keys of the Apple French keyboard which I assume means some special key combination.
tilde is option + and square brackets are conveniently located under 9 and 0 so 9 or 0 + shift = parentheses and 9 or 0 + option = square brackets.

Are you saying that on the apple english keyboard, tilde and square brackets have their own keys?
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Just saw a close up of the english keyboard. So square brackets DO have their own key whereas tilde requires shift. I guess that someone that does tons of html and doesn't know how to speak french is gonna really benefit from the english only keyboard. To each his own!
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As I said - depends in which language one uses the keyboard in most.
For me it's probably 50% English, 30% German and 20% French.
But I'm not a fast ten-finger typist anyway, so using an English keyboard for the French accents and German Umlauts doesn't slow me down much, actually hardly at all.
The method to type these special characters on the Apple English keyboard is done very well and logical compared to the one for Windows where typing these characters is a pain.
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