Freewrite's physical keyboard layouts: ANSI vs ISO

There are two different physical keyboard layouts available on the Freewrite in order to accommodate users from all over the world. You will be asked prior to shipment to choose which keyboard you want in your Freewrite. Both layouts are based on modified versions defined by two of the world's standards organizations, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). You will find the two layouts are quite similar however there are some small but important differences. 

NOTE: This article is discussing mechanical differences, not how each key is defined in software. To see all available keyboard mappings and languages supported, the full list of supported layouts is here:  Freewrite Keyboard Layouts. You will see that most of the alternative layouts are for the ISO keyboard because languages other than English typically require an [Alt Gr] key. Once you receive your Freewrite, you will be able to add these alternative mappings to your device through Postbox. If you only write in English, you can use either ANSI or ISO, however, if you usually write on an ANSI keyboard and you choose ISO for your Freewrite, the shorter left [shift] key and upside-down L [return] key will take some getting used to.

Generally speaking, the ANSI layout is used predominantly in the United States and the ISO layout is used in the rest of the world. To be sure, look at the layouts below and match one to the keyboard you are currently using.

The below diagrams show the two layouts with the different keys.

The easiest way to determine whether you want an ANSI or ISO key is to look at your current keyboard's enter/return key. 

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