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The Spanish and Portuguese Keyboards, the Best Options to Type in all Romance Languages for US-QWERTY Users

Version 1 : Received: 8 February 2021 / Approved: 10 February 2021 / Online: 10 February 2021 (14:58:41 CET)

How to cite: Tébar Martínez, E.M. The Spanish and Portuguese Keyboards, the Best Options to Type in all Romance Languages for US-QWERTY Users. Preprints 2021, 2021020262 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0262.v1). Tébar Martínez, E.M. The Spanish and Portuguese Keyboards, the Best Options to Type in all Romance Languages for US-QWERTY Users. Preprints 2021, 2021020262 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0262.v1).

Abstract

While adequate for English-speaking users in the United States, as well as many Commonwealth countries and other English-speaking jurisdictions (e.g., Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa among others), typing in Romance Languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian) by using a standard US-QWERTY Keyboard is not easy since it is not adapted to special characters such as accented vowels, tildes and cedillas or ligatures, used in Romance Languages. With regard to the International Layout, intended to enable access to the most common diacritics used in Western European Languages, the problem comes from the fact that accented vowels are spread throughout the Keyboard layout, and their uppercase versions need chord combinations which can require good manual dexterity. This paper will analyze how the Spanish or Portuguese Keyboards are the best options for these users since they are QWERTY-based and the most compatible ones for the different character sets in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian Languages.

Subject Areas

keyboard; romance language; punctuation mark; special character; accented vowel

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