10 Nov

Changed the settings on my work laptop to German. Well, to “switchable to German”.

This means that I can now type öÖäÄüÜß as well as êôûâî áéíóúàèìòù and the associated capital letters directly, without switching to Word and doing a copy and paste.

It also means that the z and y keys on my pc are reversed. Which is confusing. And many other special characters are not where I expect.

We shall see how long I survive this. And how long until my kids notice that I wrote on mz kezboard. I mean, on my keyboard.


Posted by on November 10, 2008 in languages


3 responses to “Experiment

  1. gregor

    November 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Don’t you like the international keyboard, using the space bar as a modifier to add accents? I always thought it quite clever, easy to use, and not in the way at all. Course, I never need to type accents. But I’d be interested in what you thought, just for general UI geekiness.

  2. melissainau

    November 11, 2008 at 7:35 am


    A friend was trying to tell me I could use quotation marks to do it, but I couldn’t get it to work. Maybe that’s vista for you, maybe that’s me being dumb. Anyway, I will see how I go.

  3. gregor

    November 12, 2008 at 1:07 am

    IIRC, you choose windows international as your keyboard, then you type the letter, and add the accent after, using the space bar as a modfier key, so e with umlaut would be e-“, likewise with all the others, ie, c with cedilla is c,

    Handy when you need to be able to type in all sorts of different languages.


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