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German keyboard: move ö key one row down or have an alternate keyboard

asked 2014-02-02 20:03:08 +0300

Morpog gravatar image

updated 2014-02-03 13:00:39 +0300

It's alot easier to type like that. Just like on the Nokia N9 which as you know is also based on maliit.

If not making this default for the german keyboard, it would be also great to have this as an alternate german keyboard.

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answered 2014-02-03 11:55:33 +0300

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updated 2014-02-03 11:55:33 +0300

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"ö" is in the correct row according to the position on a physical keyboard and the standards, this layout is based on (asdf row, located between "l" and "ä"). No change required.

If you want a repositioning of keys, it is a custom keyboard you can make yourself: Check here: https://together.jolla.com/question/21510/howto-adapt-sailfish-virtual-keyboard-vkb-layout/.

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I have a custom keyboard... It is alot faster to type on a keyboard with ö key moved. As the keys are positioned more like on a real keyboard. Now S key is almost directly below W key. With ö key moved one row down, it's more like on a real keyboard with S key between W and E key. Ever used a N9?

Morpog ( 2014-02-03 12:09:19 +0300 )edit

Then use your custom keyboard instead. Let the built-in German keyboard layout be.

The present layout is "positioned more like on a real keyboard", that is "ü" top-right, and "ö ä" below that (see Wikipedia entry: German keyboard layout.

(I'm using the Swedish virtual keyboard layout, but it's similar to the German, regarding number of keys.)
That was one of the things that irritated me on the N9 (yes, I have one) - that "ö" was moved.

(Btw, what you're asking for isn't "a real keyboard" layout, it's rather "[you] prefer the staggered layout of old typewriters".
Personally, I'm very happy that the Swedish layout is not staggered - the English one is, though.)

phle ( 2014-02-03 12:24:00 +0300 )edit

Every german keyboard I used in my life in the last 3 decades was staggered. So yes, the actual used keyboard in Jolla differs there from the standard. Sure I can use my own keyboard and be happy with it, still I would like that every german user can benefit from a staggered vkb and typing comfort.

Morpog ( 2014-02-03 12:34:10 +0300 )edit

@Morpog: I expect, it is more like: You are used to the N9 keyboard. I have to work on different keyboards regularly (unfortunately) – using 10 finger blind typing: I continuously mistype because the keys are not there where my fingers expect them.

You may get more friends, if you would ask for an alternate German keyboard layout – but not for fiddling around with the standard German keyboard layout.

jgr ( 2014-02-03 12:48:21 +0300 )edit

Edited question to make everyone happy hopefully :D

Morpog ( 2014-02-03 13:01:39 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-04-10 21:00:00 +0300

tokaru gravatar image

Even though it's not exactly what you requested, you might want to have a look at this keyboard layout with arrow keys.

Here is what it looks like, probably closest you can get to a staggered German keyboard layout, also having , and . in place, plus an additional ß key.

Only drawback: the keys are a little bit closer to each other than in the original version, but I got used to that quickly.

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