German Keyboard Layouts
Standard German Layout
Germany layout is a QWERTZ Layout .
Efficiency of German Keyboard Layout
The German layout is not very efficient.
- It is based on the inefficient QWERTY Layout.
- The special characters ä ö ü ß, each has a dedicated key. It's a waste of key spots. These characters are rarely used. It would be better, if the key to the right of L is a Dead Key for umlaut ¨
[see Alt Graph Key, Compose Key, Dead Key]
Ergonomic German Layouts
The German alphabet is the same as English, with the addition of the following:
The ß is called Eszett (sz) or scharfes S, sharp s. Often it is equivalent to ss. The capital version of ß is ẞ, but it's basically not used.
Those special letters ä ö ü ß, does not occur often. Their frequency ranks near the bottom.
German Character Frequency
[see Character Frequency Plot]