On 10/16/2016 4:02 PM, Jerome E. Shidel Jr. wrote:
>> The FreeDOS 1.0 installer offered 85 keyboard layouts. Why stop there?
> Mostly, I see no point in offering a keyboard layout for languages that do
> not have translations available for the installer at present. There have only
> been 5 translations provided for the installer. So, for example, I don’t think
> it is very likely that many people will choose English, German, Spanish,
> French, Dutch or Esperanto and be trying to use a Norske keyboard.
The part of the issue that you seem to be missing is that a lot of those 
people will have a computer with a localized keyboard. And it can be a 
pain in the posterior even if you try to work in an English language 
software with a localized keyboard. For example on a German keyboard, 
"Z" and "Y" are reversed, and several punctuation keys are in different 
locations, "(" and ")" are for example also shifted to the left, "-", 
"/" are in totally different positions (though for those usually the 
workaround of the numeric keyboard works). And other languages are even 
Again, that not only makes working in localized software difficult but 
even trying to use English software/commands...


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