Executive Keyboard

US - Letter Layouts

Apple US Qwerty-Maltron letter layout

Apple US Maltron-Qwerty letter layout

Apple US Dvorak-Qwerty letter layout.

See the following PDF files for printable versions of Apple dominant US English layouts:

The layouts are coloured to show the dominant and secondary (in green) letter layouts and the Apple/PC differences.

The key-tops are normally laser marked so are in black only, although hand engraved key-tops with different colours (as shown in the above picture) are available for an additional fee.

The Apple keyboard layout has the Operating System "OS" keys to the centre of the keyboard, whilst on a PC layout the "OS" and "APL" keys are between the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys. The number pad on an Apple keyboard is numeric only, whereas on a PC it may also be used for cursor control with the "Num Lock" key.

Additional keys have been provided that return valid but often unused key-codes so that a user may add some additional keys to their keyboard without upsetting any other keyboard that may also be in use on that computer.

On the US language keyboard these additional keys are No: 14, 42, 45 and 56. The key-tops for these keys are marked K14, K42 etc.

Additionally true support for both Apple Mac and PCs is incorporated by switching between two separate sets of key-tables. This ensures that the positions used on a Mac for function keys F13, F14 and F15 return the correct key-codes when in Apple mode, and return the correct (different) key-codes when in PC mode.

Keyboards are available in Apple layout dominant or PC layout dominant configurations and with two of the three following layouts:

  1. Qwerty

  2. Maltron

  3. Dvorak

These layouts have separate maps in the keyboard so no changes have to be made to switch layouts at the computer end.

Layout and Apple/PC changeover is by a pair of slide switches on the underside of the keyboard.

Keyboards can be supplied with Apple or PC style layouts and may be either "Single" engraved or "Dual" engraved. Single engraved shows only the dominant letter layout. Dual engraved shows both dominant and secondary letter layouts which makes it easier to switch between layouts (if for example the keyboard was being shared).

An international version of the US Executive is in development which will allow us to provide dynamic switching between two languages e.g. Russian Cyrillic-English US dual layout, and to support Asian language e.g. JIS (Japanese) layouts. This version also has numeric "comma" as well as "stop" on the keypad and the "0" key is single width.

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