AZERTY, QWERTZ, and Diacritics – 3 strange words that mean a lot!



You’ve probably heard of the keyboard layout style called QWERTY. The acronym literally spells out the first six keys of the top left row of a typical English Keyboard. But did you know that QWERTY isn’t the only keyboard layout?

In several parts of the world, including France, Germany, and Austria, a different keyboard layout standard has been adopted. The two major alternatives to the QWERTY layout are AZERTY and QWERTZ. In all three cases, the acronyms refer to the first six keys of the top left row of the keyboard and overall it means a layout change of a couple characters.

Brightkey 1.3 introduced user configurable layout with options for QWERTY, AZERTY, and QWERTZ. To make the change, open the Brightkey app, select Keyboard Settings > Languages > Select your language (such as English) > Select your preferred layout. Each installed language offers the ability to chose the preferred layout independently.

This release also introduces support for special characters and diacritics (accents and other letter modifiers). To access the special characters and diacritics, just tap and hold on the letter you would like to┬ámodify and you’ll see a list of options appear as seen below:


Here’s a picture of Brightkey in QWERTY, QWERTZ, and AZERTY layouts in our gorgeous new Secret Garden theme collection. (You can easily review the new Secret Garden Themes and optionally purchase them individually or as a collection in the main Brightkey app > Themes)