AZERTY keyboard

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AZERTY keyboard

A keyboard layout used in France and neighboring countries. A, Z, E, R, T and Y are the letters on the top left, alphabetic row. AZERTY is similar to the QWERTY layout, except that Q and A are swapped, Z and W are swapped and M is in the middle row instead of the bottom one. Switching from QWERTY to AZERTY takes some practice; however, it is easier than switching from QWERTY to Dvorak, which is very difficult for experienced touch typists. See QWERTY keyboard and keyboard types.

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AZERTY keyboards predate computer keyboards; witness this earlier portable typewriter used in France.
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The longest word typable with the newly-positioned Z is the 10-letter TERRORIZER (W2)-but this was typable, anyway, on the AZERTY keyboard top row.
When used with a static AZERTY keyboard, text input speed is therefore dramatically reduced if the intended key is situated at the end of the keyboard.
Two types of keyboards exist within the CVK: a standard on-screen static AZERTY keyboard and a dynamic on-screen keyboard.