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AZERTY Layouts

AZERTY layout is used for French, used in France and Belgium.

There 3 azerty layouts:

AZERTY differs from QWERTY Layout , by swapping

and add other accented characters.

In French, z always occur adjacent to a or e. And w is almost never used. Z is at the end of almost half of the french verbs when they are used with the “you” subject. (2015-01-01 thanks to Nic Falcon)

However, the swap of that 3 pairs of keys is idiotic. They do not improve efficiency. AZERTY layout should stay QWERTY.

Belgian AZERTY Layout

Belgian kbd
Belgian layout.

French layouts