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  • bpiphany (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 19:57:25 +0200) This one is originally from litster, I believe.. I'm sure he doesn't mind, but someone really should be able to take a better picture. A picture where it actually looks one is mine, and feel free to use it. It's just a screen shot from
  • 002 (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:11:02 +0200) I think that Daniel's point about 99% of rubber dome keyboards being this arrangement probably means that we shouldn't really need to point it out in most pages, which is why I removed it from the lead-in on the ANK 25-101 page. I have no problem with it being described as an integrated slider or, in the context of describing a keycap, something like "the keycap's slider..." As long as the reader isn't left with the impression that the 'slider' part is discrete/removable like on most mechanical switches.
  • tlt (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:04:14 +0200) Maybe "Integrated slider" is not needed as a term an should be called just "slider" or "the slider of the integrated mount"
  • tlt (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:54:58 +0200) If you take the analogy of electrical interfaces the slider is the plug and the socket is the ? but the mount is the connector i.e. the whole interface. I like the word slider as it almost always (or are there examples plungers that is not sliding?) has a sliding function of some sort.
  • Daniel Beardsmore (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:38:06 +0200) It's just called "integrated mount":Keycap mountThere's no particular reason to ever qualify such keyboards as 99% of rubber dome keyboards now are integrated mount.
  • tlt (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:03:25 +0200) Ok, so after seeing your changes I think "integrated slider" is the best term. I think this page explains it well and is good to link to. wiki/Rubber_dome_over_membrane.
  • tlt (Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:36:09 +0200) I changed it back and added some pictures. It looks similar the ANK 25-101. You're right, stem is a better term to distinguish it from "real" sliders.
  • Daniel Beardsmore (Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:22:36 +0200) Since "stem" means "slider" in some contexts, the change tlt made wasn't helpful. I try to use "stem" with MX switches and "slider" everywhere else (simply to avoid creating even more confusion), but this distinction is not maintained with purity. I simply call integrated mount keyboards "rubber dome" on the premise that everyone assumes integrated mount unless you say otherwise.
  • 002 (Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:43:42 +0200) Lol I realised the confusion I probably made after re-reading my original post. First paragraph is about Olivetti ANK 25-101 and ANK 27-102. Second paragraph is unrelated and about the dome with *slider* variant.This is an image of the ANK 25-101 with a cap removed:There's no slider as such. Just the stem of the cap that presses down on the green dome. This is what I think the ANK 27-102 looks like too. Hopefully that clears it up.
  • Daniel Beardsmore (Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:21:48 +0200) Your honour, the image is a few inches up that way ^^^^^^