Language Support - Letter Layouts
The Executive keyboard incorporates a native USB
controller for direct connection to both Macs and
UK USB keyboard PC-Mac.
The Executive keyboard has been
designed to allow direct mapping of conventional
keyboard layouts to the more ergonomic split hand
This version shows a UK PC-Mac
Maltron letter layout with secondary Qwerty in
lowercase. Qwerty primary layouts are also available.
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"
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
Keyboards are available in Apple
layout dominant or PC layout dominant configurations and
with Qwerty/Maltron or Qwerty/Dvorak 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).
page for further information as to which languages
are currently supported.
Additional languages to follow...
Please note that these layouts are in
development and some changes may be implemented as
It is Maltron's policy to support
individual requests for additional standard language
layouts as often as possible (for a small additional
charge). Please contact Maltron with a specific request
if you do not see your language currently supported.
An international version of the
Executive is in development which will allow us to
provide dynamic switching between two languages e.g.
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.
Benefits of the
Maltron Letter Layout
Flat Maltron Keyboard compared to a
Standard Qwerty Keyboard:
The use of the Maltron letter
layout reduces the amount of individual finger movements required
to type and the vertically aligned keys reduce the sideways micro
movements which are very stressful on the fingers. The hands are
split apart to reduce the tension across the shoulders and helps
relieve hunching which promotes neck pain.
A great effort has been made in
the design of the flat version to keep as much as possible that
is familiar whilst providing the maximum benefit derived from the
3D version's format with its proven ergonomics.
So for anyone who wishes to
enjoy many benefits of the Maltron ergonomic design but who are
not actively suffering RSI in the hands and fingers may now
consider the Flat Maltron keyboard as an option particularly for
those who are experiencing pain and discomfort in the upper arms,
shoulders, back and neck when or after typing (WRULD).
Please look at this PowerPoint Slide
Show (pps) presentation about
KEYBOARD LETTER LAYOUTS
Whilst we really really
do think you will get most benefit from using the Maltron letter
layout we also acknowledge that many people have invested much
time and effort in becoming proficient in their typing skills so
we DO offer a QWERTY dominant or QWERTY only letter key-top
version as well.
N.B. All keyboards have
both Maltron and Qwerty letter layouts available (even if not
dually engraved on the key-tops) so people can change between the
two layouts as required.
British Design Registration No: GB
Keyboard concept and design by Susan Parker MIEE.