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  • Daniel Beardsmore (Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:07:00 +0100) I see that you didn't credit them to their author. Then again, that's not my problem any more.
  • mecano (Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:11:23 +0100) The seller kindly allows the use of the pictures for the site;"Bonjour,Pour faire suite a votre message, Oui vous avez mon accord pour utiliser les photos du clavier Apple IIc pour votre site.Cordialement"New pictures added in the wiki.
  • mecano (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:01:59 +0100) I have sent a message to the seller to be able to use his pictures on the wiki.Will post his response (and hopefully pics) as soon as I got it.
  • vsev (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:22:43 +0100) dummy question... don't know why many of coders seems to stroke to apple those days ...
  • Muirium (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:19:21 +0100) Yup. You can even move the caps freely around the keyboard, as IBM caps are the same shape on every row, unlike Cherry, Topre and almost everyone else. Model Ms work great with OS X:So long as you convert it to USB of course.
  • vsev (Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:13:11 +0100) Sorry if I'm a bit new to this (especially macos) but I tink OS remapping is quite a common option so with proper caps you could do whatever you want with kb's..btw I've an M (belgium one ) so you have to find special spanish ones by yourself... if you're interested.
  • meta (Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:04:56 +0100) Findecanor wrote:I had a reference to a Sun document that named it "Unix Layout" added to the Wiki article a few months ago but the reference is from this century.If you have a reference from the '90s, then please post it.Page 3-2 of the Sun SPARCclassic Service Manual Rev. A (November 1993) has a diagram showing the locations of the Caps Lock key on the "UNIX keyboard" and the "U.S. keyboard." suspect that Sun's use of "Unix" terminology started with the Type 5 keyboard. Old service documentation shows DIP settings for two U.S. layouts: "US" and "US/Unix," whereas the Type 4 only has one: "US."
  • Findecanor (Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:56:43 +0100) I had a reference to a Sun document that named it "Unix Layout" added to the Wiki article a few months ago but the reference is from this century.If you have a reference from the '90s, then please post it.
  • meta (Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:43:58 +0100) I don't know if they were the first, but Sun Microsystems used the term "Unix layout" to differentiate this particular key layout from country-specific layouts such as "U.S." or "U.K." back in the early '90s, if not earlier. For the purposes of describing keyboard layouts, Sun made Unix its own country. (Never mind that all Sun workstations ran Unix, regardless of key layout). If Sun didn't coin the term, they certainly popularized it.
  • Daniel Beardsmore (Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:18:10 +0100) Well, the trick is get the photos onto the wiki. eBay auctions, and the photos therein, are subject to random disappearance. Some pages stick around for ages; for example, HaaTa asked on my behalf (since I don't have an eBay account and I would have no reputation even if I did) if we could have these photos:'re useful reference photos for scrawly switches in Focus keyboards. I don't know what HaaTa said, only that there was no response. The photos are now several years old, and still there (as is the listing), and surely of no use to the seller, but we still can't have them.Other photo sets vanish long before the auction. Officially, "Listings that have ended 90 or more days ago will not be available for viewing" (says one listing that vanished and took away a wonderful set of photos) but in reality, I don't know what triggers auctions to go, as those FK-2001 auctions both ended in August 2011! I don't know if eBay days are made up of Microsoft minutes, or what, as it seems a bit random to me.I know that the Type 1.C keyboard exists, because I wrote about it, but we need the photos to be on the wiki where they're secure and and reliable, easy to access, and hassle-free for people trying to read the page through Google Translate who just want a nice easy page. It's important to remember that people will be referencing the wiki who don't speak English (especially the Asian communities), so inline images are much easier to deal with than references to eBayHowever, we've been around this loop too many times, and it's clear that the wiki is a dead-end that people just throw cheap plastic keycaps at.