Actually I for one learned how to use combination keys for diacritics twenty-odd years ago when I was -at the same time- learning how to write so it has always been a natural thing for me. It's actually weirder for me to try and find a key for a specific [base letter plus diacritic] character than to find the diacritic and combine them.You should see Czech keyboard. The number row above standard keys has been completely changed, and is used for special characters-ěščřžýáíé. And it's not enough, some, like ť, or capital special characters, have to be written by awkward way of first pressing key next to backspace, or shift+that key, and then the letter "modified" by the accent.
Actually I for one learned how to use combination keys for diacritics twenty-odd years ago when I was -at the same time- learning how to write so it has always been a natural thing for me. It's actually weirder for me to try and find a key for a specific [base letter plus diacritic] character than to find the diacritic and combine them.
If you do decide to learn French and have reason to type in French, I recommend the Portuguese (Portugal) keyboard layout for writing in French. You press the accent key before typing the letter with the accent. Shift plus the key below backspace adds a circomflex, such as être. The key to the left of that adds the accent that goes up to the righ, such as élan. The accent that slants the other way is Shift plus the same key I used for élan. Déjà, for example. Right alt plus one more key to the left adds an ümlaut. I like the modifier system for accents and diacritics as opposed to the dedicated keys the French layout has.
Only downside is my U.S. English keyboard has a double width left shift key (which I do really like), which means that it does not have the greater than/less than signs in Portuguese.
It depends on what you get used to.I hate those keyboards that sound like mechanical typewriters, I like my keyboards to make a sound but not an annoying one. Yet there's people out there and even entire communities of people who will pay insane amounts of money for these clikety-clakety things.
Uh-huh. I had one very similar, a long time ago.Now this is a keyboard.
WHy do keyboards have three different speech marks ("'`) but no degree symbol? I need a degree more often than I need two speech marks, let alone three, and when I do it is usually something dodgy like metaprogramming that probably should be done another way.