In english the letter y is very common and the letter z is relatively rare whereas in german the letter z is very common and the letter y is very uncommon. This turned out to be cumbersome and take time.
This keyboard is marked with both the us keyboard layout and the standard 105 key qwertz.
Us keyboard layout vs german. The positions of the z and y keys are switched. Then i found the us with umlauts via option key layout. The german layout differs from the english us and uk layouts in four major ways.
So what does one do. Y and z are swapped. It allows me to use a single keyboard layout but insert german umlauts at will e g.
These are basically vowels in addition to the english a e i o u. Naturally it doesn t have keys for umlauts like ä ö and ü. This page compares the us english national layout with different national layouts used in other countries.
These letters look like this. It works perfectly fine for me. Quite often the german layout is called qwertz tastatur in germany and austria for that reason.
Each comparison focuses on the differing arrangements of the alphabetical numerical and typographical symbols in each national layout. So the first line of characters starts with qwertz not qwerty. ö is option o.
The second reason why there is a significant difference between a german vs. First i used the macos layout switcher. Somehow my brain associated the german layout with german texts.
An american keyboard has to do with the additional letters within the german alphabet called umlauts. The main differences to the u s. Due to this all of them are presented within the same regular alphanumeric or alpha block ignoring the remaining parts of a keyboard namely.
As nice as the en us layout is for programming and writing english texts it s not as helpful when you need to write in german.