- Oct 3, 2008
At least two reasons.I had gotten that. I wonder why two of the German extra glyphs are placed on the I and the P key (and I guess these are A-Umlaut and Eszett), while A-Umlaut would rather be associated with the A key (on German QWERTZ it be right of L, that's not what I'm talking about; I'm talking Fn layer like you) and Eszett with the S key.
1. To keep the Fn layer symbol sets from the right side of a standard US English keyboard contiguous and over/under shifted/unshifted. This has several advantages in learning the layout and in using games & applications that operate the shifted versions of key with "shift plus unshifted symbol" instead of the shifted symbol result. A quasi fix for something that caused frustrations on the Pandora.
2. To keep the seemingly "weird/offensive" to some German symbols grouped together so they do not distract.