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Ergonomic standard
  • Abstract:
    This standard specifies requirements for the German layout of keyboards for alphanumeric and/or numeric data and text input. Especially, layouts are standardized which incorporate all characters of all primary official languages of the world and all minority languages of Europe, as far as the Latin script is used for them. This standard applies to both the product keyboard and to software (e. g. keyboard drivers or operating systems). For ergonomic requirements regarding further aspects such as shape of keys, key centre spacing, key displacement, force to actuate the keys, geometric design of key legends or size of the strike surface, DIN EN ISO 9241 410 is applicable.
  • Document number:
    DIN 2137-1
  • Issuing date:
  • Document type:
  • Title:
    Keyboards for data and text input - Part 1: German keyboard layout; Text in German and English
  • Author:
    Ergonomics Standards Committee
  • Search term:
    Alphanumeric; Alphanumeric character sets; Computer software; Data input; Data systems engineering; Driver; Ergonomics; German language; Graphic characters; Key panel assignment; Keyboard layout; Keyboards; Latin characters; Layout; Office equipment; Office machines; Office system; Operating systems; Text processings; Typewriters
  • Application areas:
    07.05 Anlagen, Maschinen, Geräte
  • Hazards:
    HD Handhabungsfaktoren (Gestaltung und Anordnung von Bedienelementen, Bewegungsraum, Gestaltung und Handhabbarkeit von Arbeitsmitteln, Sichtfeld, Standsicherheit); IB Wahrnehmungsfaktoren an Bildschirmarbeitsplätzen und in Leitwarten (Informationselemente und deren Anordnung, Daueraufmerksamkeit, Konzentration, Informationsmenge und -struktur)
  • ICS:
    35.180 IT terminal and other peripheral equipment; 35.260 Office machines
  • Price:
    143,30 EUR
  • Cited in:
    DIN 5008 (1975-11)
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