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Wikipedia:Keyboard_layout has images of keyboard layouts from different countries.

http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/reference/keyboards.mspx can display different keayboard layouts.

Also see OLPC keyboards.

US#

All special markup is easily available.


UK#

All proposed wikicreole markup characters are visible on UK keyboards; accessible either by single key press or Shift+ key press.


PL#

The backslash (\), pipe (|), square brackets (), curly braces ({}) and single quotation mark (') require pressing an additional function key on polish(214) keyboard. The more popular polish (programmers) keyboard layout is practically identical to the US layout.


DE#

Nearly all markup needs an additional key, either Shift+key or AltGr+key. But at least all the symbols are visible on the keyboard.


FR-fr (AZERTY), FR-ch (QWERTZ)#

All ASCII characters (32-127) are available. Some markups need an additional key (AltGr+key, or Alt+key on Mac). A few of them (the potential ^ and ~) must be pressed twice since they are considered as modifiers for other letters.


FR-ca, EN-ca (Canadian multilingual)#

The Canadian French keyboard comes in several flavors. Nevertheless, all proposed markups are available. Some markups need an additional key (Shift+key or AltGr+key). Some of them (depending on the chosen layout) must be pressed twice since they are considered as modifiers for other letters. There is a problem however from French Canadians purchasing US-English keyboards (most of them are outside of the province of Quebec). If they change their layout for a French Canadian one, important markups (like square brackets ([]), greater/lesser-than (<>), slash (/), curly braces ({})) are not at their respective places anymore. These people must switch back and forth between two layouts.


IT#

Square brackets ([]), at-sign (@), number-sign (#) are given with AltGr.

Curly brackets ({}) are given with both AltGr and Shift pressed (same keys as square brackets). Often they're not shown on their keys. Most users don't know how to get them.

Tilde (~) is not available. You have to go through <Press-Alt> + Num1 + Num2 + Num6 + <Release-Alt>. On laptops you need to switch to NumLock, first.

Backtick (`) is not available. You have to go through <Press-Alt> + Num9 + Num6 + <Release-Alt>. On laptops you need to switch to NumLock, first.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout#Italian.


RU#

The only punctuation characters available on the russian keyboard are:

 !"№;%:?*()_+-\/.,

All other characters are only available after switching to the us layout.


sv_SE#

^~`
are extra hard since they require two keystrokes (plus shift or AltGr) as they are placed as modifyer keys.
\|
require combination with AltGr key. The rest require Shift key.

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