Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .
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The Space Bar, spanning 5 keys on Apple laptop keyboard.
〔you can buy SPACEBAR sticker at https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/191515491/spacebar-batch-number-10-the-original
[image source twitter SimoneGiertz ]
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Apple keyboard Japan. Notice the space bar, span about only 3 key spaces. On Apple keyboard US layout, it spans 5 to 6.5, depending on model. [see Apple Keyboards ⌨]
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VAIO laptop Japan keyboard [image source 2018-04-27 twitter shaun_kt]

Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards

Because {Chinese, Japanese} don't use space character much, as a interesting consequence, on Japanese keyboards, the Space bar is tiny.

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LOGICOOL Wireless Keyboard K270. (Logitech is branded as Logicool in Japan)
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Japanese USB wired PC keyboard Buy at amazon
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Japanese keyboard layout. image source

the interesting thing about this is that, standard PC keyboard's huge Space bar is really a waste of space. It should be no more than 2 key's width. The rest space can be used for {⌫ Backspace, Return, Alt.}.

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Topre Realforce 89s keyboard 10th anniversary limited keyboard. 1631×1080 Topre Realforce Keyboard Japanese Layout [image source https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=45011.0 ]

Do We Need Long Spacebar?

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Book “practical typewriting”, dated 1990, on spacebar length. 〔source books.google.com 〕 [image source twitter mwichary, thanks to Marcin Wichary]

Typewriter Spacebar History

But why is the spacebar being a bar in the first place?

see Typewriter Spacebar History

Keyboard Designed with Short Space Bar

Here's a example of a keyboard designed with short space bar, yet isn't Japanese layout.

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Filco Majestouch Minila. (Cherry MX Brown switch) Filco Majestouch Minila

Example of keyboards with short space bar:

thanks to Jaehyun Yeom for telling me that Korean do use space a lot.

Why Should You Type Space After Comma?

Should You Type Space After Comma?

Keyboard Keys Topic

  1. Enter
  2. Home/End
  3. Tiny Space Bar
  4. Page Up, Page Down
  5. Print Screen, SysRq, ScrLk, Pause, Break
  6. Control, Capslock
  7. Zoom Button
  8. Volume Wheel
  9. Modifier Keys
  10. F1 F2 F3
  11. Menu/App
  12. Backspace
  13. Alt Graph, Compose, Dead Key
  14. Escape Key
  15. Arrow Keys

Japan keyboards

  1. Japan Input Method
  2. Japan Keyboard Layouts
  3. Japan Tiny Space Bar
  4. Esrille New
  5. μTRON
  6. TRON
  7. Japan Thumb-Shift Keyboard
  8. NEC 日本電気 M-Type
  9. NEC PC-8801
  10. NEC M-Type, 1990
  11. NEC PC-9801, 1992
  12. MSX Home Computer
  13. SANYO Medicom MC-KM5600B
  14. ALPS Kanji
  15. Sukerutoron ST-2000
  16. Hiragana Frequency Table

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