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Extended backslash key on new notebooks?

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Extended backslash key on new notebooks?

Was looking at a Dell 7400 and noticed that the backslash key ( \ ) seems to be extended into the Enter key. This is on the US version too, so it isn't one of those idiotic Canadian bilingual keyboards.

Why is the slash key like that?

https://www.dell.com/support/article/us ... de?lang=en
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On French Canadian keyboard, enter key extend to backslash button. So you get L or upside down L enter key instead. So instead of making 2 layouts for English and French, manufacturer just makes 1 laptop layout and makes multiple keyboards like English French Spanish etc versions.
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peteryorkuca wrote: On French Canadian keyboard, enter key extend to backslash button. So you get L or upside down L enter key instead. So instead of making 2 layouts for English and French, manufacturer just makes 1 laptop layout and makes multiple keyboards like English French Spanish etc versions.
I know which keyboards you are talking about, but the one in the link is from the US website. It is also the same keyboard seen in product reviews from US sources. This isn't a French Canadian keyboard. Is the extended backslash a new trend?
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e-man wrote: I know which keyboards you are talking about, but the one in the link is from the US website. It is also the same keyboard seen in product reviews from US sources. This isn't a French Canadian keyboard. Is the extended backslash a new trend?
If you remove the US keyboard, you have space to put L enter key. Many years ago, there was a physical plastic border between / and enter on US keyboard and many years ago, French keyboard laptop don't have this thin border. Manufacturer had to make 2 laptops, one for US and one for Canadians AND 2 keyboards.

Today they just make one laptop layout with multiple keyboards, but US now gets that ret@rded / with enter keys.

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