German Keyboard Layout

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The German alphabet is the same as English, with the addition of the following:

Ä ä, Ö ö, Ü ü, ß

The ß is called Eszett (sz) or scharfes S, sharp s.

Germany layout is a QWERTZ layout.

Germany keyboard layout
Germany layout. The red are dead keys.

[see Alt Graph Key, Compose Key, Dead Key]

Those special letters ä ö ü ß, does not occur often. Their frequency ranks near the bottom.

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German letter frequency

[see Character Frequency Counter]

You can see that, 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. It would be better, if the key to the right of L is a dead key for DIAERESIS ¨

apple keyboard german layout
Apple Keyboard German Layout 4015×1848
Apple pro keyboard
Apple pro keyboard (A1048), German layout. year 2007. image source

[see International Keyboard Layouts]

[see Apple Keyboards ⌨]

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Keyboard of a mechanical typewriter, produced 1964 by Olympia Werke, Germany. The key with four dots is the margin release. The arrow key under Tab key is the backspace key, which is pointing in the direction the paper would move rather than the way a cursor would move .

Ergonomic German Layouts

de-ergo layout

The de-ergo layout is optimized for Germany language. http://forschung.goebel-consult.de/de-ergo/

NEO Layout

The NEO layout is efficient layout for German.

Neo layout improved on de-ergo layout.

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NEO Layout

Neo layout started June 2005 or before. Original site at http://pebbles.schattenlauf.de/layout/index_us.html

Neo layout home page at http://www.neo-layout.org/

Neo layout has a community site and seems to have a cult following.

ADNW Layout

the ADNW (Aus der Neo-Welt) seems a improvement on Neo. Home page at: http://www.adnw.de/

Aus der Neo Welt AdNW keyboard layout 2013
ADNW layout

[see Alternative Keyboard Layouts]

Keyboard International Layouts

  1. International Keyboard Layouts
  2. Chinese Input Methods
  3. Japanese Keyboard Layouts
  4. Russian Keyboard Layout
  5. German Keyboard Layout
  6. French Keyboard Layout
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