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 Post subject: AltGr support ?
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 6:58 am 
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Just as it seemed I had found the perfect keyboard for my needs, I was reminded there's always a catch : I'm French and thus need an AZERTY layout, which isn't available. :(

So it seemed I would have to pass on this keyboard, then I reconsidered.
Having to learn a different layout would be a pain, but I could do it.
Having to use different layouts at home and at work would be a real pain, but I could manage.
But I really need a quick access to accented letters.
US International is out, since as a programmer I just can't have my quotes as dead keys. Quote + space just will not do.
Now UK extended just might do it. AltGr + letter isn't as fast as a direct access, but it's acceptable.

Shift-Alt-Letter isn't, though.

Hence my question : does this keyboard support AltGr or is it a traditional US keyboard with two fonctionally identical Alt keys and no AltGr ?


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From the factory our Deck boards come with the standard English QWERTY layout. Since this is the only configuration we offer I would suggest changing the layout of your keyboard using the operating system's localization features and then swap the keycaps around so the keycap layout matches the computer's mappings.

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Thanks for the answer, although it didn't quite answer my question. ;)

My understanding (I may be wrong) is that on European keyboards, left alt = alt, right alt (AltGr) = shift + alt, while on US keyboards both alt keys are fonctionally identical. And it's a keyboard-level mapping, not a mere OS-level key-mapping.
In other words, with a US keyboard, there's no way for the OS to treat differently left alt and right alt.
Is that correct ?
Is it the case for Deck keyboards ?


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Yes that is the case. Deck keyboards come standard with a US QWERTY mapping.

I found an article on Wikipedia that may help:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AltGr_key

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Originally, US PC keyboards (specifically: the US 101-key PC/AT keyboards) did not have an AltGr key, it being relevant to only non-US markets; they simply had "left" and "right" Alt keys. As those using such US keyboards increasingly needed the specific functionality of AltGr when typing non-English text, Windows began to allow all keystroke combinations involving AltGr to be typed by using Ctrl+Alt in its place.

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