The AZERTY keyboard

The AZERTY keyboard is a keyboard layout used primarily in France and Belgium, as well as some parts of North Africa. It is similar to the QWERTY keyboard used in many English-speaking countries, but with a few key differences.

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The AZERTY keyboard layout is named after the first six letters on the top row of the keyboard, which are A-Z-E-R-T-Y in the French language. Like the QWERTY layout, the AZERTY layout is designed to prevent mechanical keys from jamming, but it arranges the letters in a way that is better suited to the French language.

One of the main differences between the QWERTY and AZERTY keyboard layouts is the placement of the letters "A" and "Z". In the QWERTY layout, the letter "A" is located in the top row, while in the AZERTY layout, it is located in the bottom row. The letter "Z" is also located in a different position, next to the "A" key. This is because these letters are more commonly used in the French language than in English.

Another difference between the QWERTY and AZERTY layouts is the placement of some of the special characters. For example, on the QWERTY keyboard, the "@@" symbol is located on the "2" key, while on the AZERTY keyboard, it is located on the "0" key. This is because the "@@" symbol is used less frequently in French than in English, and it is therefore given a less prominent position on the keyboard.

The AZERTY keyboard layout has been in use in France and Belgium since the early 20th century, and it remains the standard keyboard layout in these countries today. While it is not as widely used as the QWERTY layout, it is an important part of the cultural and linguistic identity of these countries.

Despite the differences between the AZERTY and QWERTY keyboard layouts, many people who are used to one layout can easily adapt to the other with a bit of practice. Ultimately, the choice of keyboard layout comes down to personal preference and the specific needs of the user.