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The Deskthority wiki is dedicated to mechanical keyboards, mice and other human interface devices. The main focus is everything regarding quality (mechanical) keyboards. In the nature of a wiki, the content will be frequently and constantly under construction. Want to share your knowledge and help us create the best input device wiki? This wiki is part of the Deskthority forum - sign in with your forum account and start editing! There is no separate registration, and this is an open wiki. For discussions about the wiki, requests for higher wiki rights or changes/addons to the wiki engine, see the wiki subforum.

We currently have 1,529 articles, 14,465 pages and 38,790 edits.

Looking to contribute, but not sure what needs to be done? See the list of pages needing work to be done on them for generic work and the Research page for some tables that need to be completed!

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Latest posts from the Deskthority wiki talk forum

  • Daniel Beardsmore (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:41:46 +0200) Wiki update tasks for people who can read and write both English and Chinese.Trantek KS4 seriesWiki page: Trantek KS4 seriesChinese pages: http://www.ttc9.com/cp/index.php/produc...89/fl.htmlThere are many new variants (seemingly KS4 but the 24K gold ones don't seem to give those details), but the details are all in pictures!
  • Daniel Beardsmore (Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:25:01 +0200) Just off the top of my head. I am sure there are others.German speakersSasse — we need details on Sasse series 25 (Baureihe 25), and we need to know whether they made a Hall effect version (this series was still around in 2000)RAFI — what is the series name of Jacob#1's bigger RAFI switches?Chinese speakersOrtek — they were a major customer of some Alps clone manufacturer in their keyboards, and we need to know who made the switchesHimake — basically anything we can learn about their switches, but in particular, whether OA2 was AK-CN2, and whether AK-CN or CN1 existed (maybe that was the Aruz switch)USDatalux — although they deny any knowledge of MEI, they still make T-5 series switches; they seem to have no idea what they're making (could be alarm clocks for all the staff seem to be aware) but maybe someone could manage to get some sort of details out of them
  • Myoth (Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:13:40 +0200) Findecanor wrote:a clickable link - not a bare URL. [...] there should also be source before the link [...] date it was posted [...] date of retrievalOkay, I see that's a lot of things to put in the source but all of this is very true.Findecanor wrote:Whether each reference is defined inline or all in the bottom does not matter that much. Just don't have both styles in the same article.That was my question, thank. I thought references at the bottom would be nicer since on large page some references can be hard to find if they are inline ...
  • taylorswiftttttt (Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:54:54 +0200) A little while ago I added this stub of an article:wiki/IBM_Alpha_Numeric_POS_Keyboard
  • ohaimark (Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:22:45 +0200) I like to have minimal shadows for exactly that reason. Otherwise there is zero contrast.I have the lights inside a photo tent, which bounces the light around and significantly reduces harsh shadows. I could stick them outside, as they are meant to be used, but the benefits from that seem dubious.
  • Icarium (Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:48:54 +0200) XMIT wrote: to get rid of any remaining shadowsAren't shadows important to understand geometry?
  • XMIT (Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:58:56 +0200) Nice. You might experiment with backlighting using a light box or translucent matte white acrylic. I would use a couple of diffusers - wax paper works well for this - to get rid of any remaining shadows. With how good light even a phone camera will work really well so long as it is fixtures and you can get a good long exposure.
  • seebart (Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:07:03 +0200) Oh that looks very professional, I generally struggle with switch photography quite a bit, of course I don't have a setup like that. Thanks for making these available.
  • ohaimark (Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:53:31 +0200) TL;DR: I'm going to take switch photos that the wiki can use. I will post updates with links or place the photos on the wiki myself.I'm doing some projects for Input Club that will provide a steady stream of high quality switch photos. A test run with my phone camera, not a DSLR, showed promising results. A high quality digital camera will be used in future photos. We plan to license the images under a Creative Commons variant and make them available to the wiki (I may put them on there myself).
  • hansichen (Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:48:31 +0200) Thanks for the link, I guess that's the same switch. Apparently my switch has just a normal black bottom when I look at the pcb. In the current build state I'm not able to see a difference between a normal switch and the space bar switch.