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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.

        A Z E R T Y U I O P
         Q S D F G H J K L M %
          W X C V B N ? . / !

        Q W E R T Y U I O P
         A S D F G H J K L ; '
          Z X C V B N M , . /

        ' , . P Y F G C R L ?
         A O E U I D H T N S -
          ; Q J K X B M W V Z

Been Around a While
AZERTY keyboards predate computer keyboards; witness this earlier portable typewriter used in France.
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Here, Faure's Third Barcarolle (1885-1886) and Ravel's Jeux d'eau (1901) played significant roles in the future trajectory of French keyboard repertoire.
He described himself as "musicien francais", and much of his music employs templates from great French keyboard composers of a previous era, beginning with the early and gorgeous 'Suite Bergamasque', its title ostensibly an intimation of Italy, its content almost exclusively a homage to the French clavecinistes of the baroque period; the wonderful 'Clair de Lune' which arrives as an interlude during these movements has been criticised by commentators as "tea-shop music".
FRENCH keyboard king Jean Michel Jarre returns to Birmingham tonight for a very special show at the NIA Academy.
Not being a great typist I find the French keyboard tripping my fingers, however the top line spells Azertyuiop and, with memories of that brilliant chaser, it sends one's mind forward to Cheltenham and top-class jumping.
Evening showcase concerts will include performances by jazz steel pan pioneer Andy Narell, French keyboard virtuoso and composer Emmanuel Sejourne, Korean drumming ensemble Chung Ang Percussion Group and the Brazilian ensemble Trio Manari featuring master percussionist Nana Vasconcelos.
Its format, layout, and handwriting all suggest it may be earlier than most of the comparable surviving manuscripts of French keyboard music.
YOUNG French keyboard prodigy Jean-Batiste Franc will be keeping Midlands jazz lovers happy tonight.
Appendixes include: information about French Language software and operating systems; example of a French keyboard; useful links for implementing the ICT program; recommended software for French Language Arts; key considerations in selecting software or online reference products; information for parents on learning technology in Alberta schools; and adding French keyboard layout-Windows and Mac OS.
Unlike many contemporary French keyboard composers, Charpentier left us no ornament tables with suggestions for interpreting the various symbols he used in the scores.
After a brief appreciation, by Cecil Clutton, of Susi Jeans's influence, the much-lamented Peter le Huray discusses an important source of information for the performance of French keyboard music in the eighteenth century: Engramelle's instructions for pinning the cylinders of mechanical instruments, which were included in Bedos de Celles's L'Art du facteur d'orgues.
FRENCH keyboard wizard Jean Michel Jarre is hoping for some free time in Birmingham to visit one of the city's historic houses.