Proposing changes to the international keyboard

Henrik Pauli henrik.pauli at
Fri Jan 9 00:43:21 PST 2015

I find ü better under the Y key (more mnemonic, I'd say), and Redmond 
US-intl has it there too; ö is under P, ä is on Q and æ on Z.  You might 
want to keep those where they are and just replace the other odd 
characters to extend the character coverage.

On 08/01/15 17:37, Adriaan van Nijendaal wrote:
> A few years ago, I proposed to add a 'new' international keyboard
> layout: altgr-intl, which hides dead keys behind the right Alt key (aka
> AltGr). It is based on the International Keyboard layout, which in turn
> follows an example set by a company in Redmond. The map was accepted and
> is now used by quite a few people who use a standard US keyboard to type
> multiple languages. They type á (a-acute) with altgr-a.
> Some people (and myself) would like to have more accented letters
> readily available through the altgr modifier. When Microsoft defined the
> international keyboard, they must have been thinking of a certain set of
> languages (including Icelandic?!?). The resulting keyboard does not suit
> all languages well (and it never will). But one could think of maps that
> would suit a few languages a little better.
> For French (and Portugese and Italian), à (agrave) would be handy (about
> 0.5% frequency in those languages). For Portugese, ã (atilde) would be
> nice (0.7%). Currently, ã is only available through a shifted dead key
> (which in altgr-intl becomes altgr-shift-tilde followed by a).
> We would like to propose a modified International Keyboard map, keeping
> the dead keys where they are, but adding all diaeresis and grave
> versions of all vowels on altgr-keys close to the vowel. This would
> require moving some others around or dropping them (like ð (eth) used in
> Old English, Middle English, Icelandic, Faroese - languages with fewer
> speakers).
> How do you feel about 'breaking' the (Microsoft) International Keyboard
> map in favor of one that suits some languages better?
> Regards,
> Adriaan
> The layout could look like this (qwerty etc with the altgr key held
> down):
> ã å é è ø ù ú í ó ò
>   á à ë æ œ ì ü ï ö
>    ä © ç ® ß ñ µ
> removed: þ, ð.
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