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a style of keyboard layout used in some European countries
The QWERTZ or QWERTZU keyboard is a widely used computer and typewriter keyboard layout that is mostly used in Central Europe. The name comes from the first six letters at the top left of the keyboard: Q, W, E, R, T, and Z. The QWERTZ layout differs from the QWERTY layout in four major ways: ⁕The positions of the "Z" and "Y" keys are switched, this change being made for two major reasons: ⁕"Z" is a much more common letter than "Y" in German; the latter rarely appears outside words whose spellings reflect either their importation from a foreign language or the Hellenization of an older German form under the influence of Ludwig I of Bavaria. ⁕"T" and "Z" often appear next to each other in the German orthography, and placing the two keys next to each other minimizes the effort needed for typing the two characters in sequence. ⁕Part of the keyboard is adapted to include umlauted vowels. ⁕The placements of some special symbols and command keys are changed, some of special key inscriptions are changed from an abbreviation to a graphical symbol, and most of the other abbreviations are replaced by German abbreviations. "Esc" for "escape" is not translated however.
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