France wants keyboard adapted to proper grammar

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An AZERTY keyboard is pictured in Paris.

An AZERTY keyboard is pictured in Paris. (Photo: AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) — France's government is putting out a call for a standardized computer keyboard to replace the multitude of AZERTY models now on the market, saying current options make it "nearly impossible to write French correctly with a keyboard sold in France."

The French Culture Ministry noted that there are no standardized keys for accents, quote marks or certain letters — like those that form the correct beginning of the word "oeuvre" needed to create a masterpiece. The AZERTY keyboard, whose name derives from the first five letters on the top, is a variation on the standard English-language keyboard used by many countries with Latin alphabets.

The French organization in charge of norms said its conclusions will be presented this summer.

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