Emil Lerch

Husband, Father, Technologist, Cloud Architect

Standards...or lack thereof

I was just typing up an email, and noticed that I looked down at the keyboard to find the delete key. I asked myself why, and then looked at the keyboards around me. Home, End, Delete, Insert, page up and page down are all grouped together, but on every keyboard I use, they’re in a different configuration.

My Dell keyboard at work is:

Home PgUp
End PgDn
Delete Insert

My Thinkpad:

Insert Home PgUp
Delete End PgDwn

My new keyboard at home:

Home End
Insert PgUp
Delete PgDwn

All three configurations make sense (especially the Thinkpad, which has an additional complexity of space issues), but it seems that at least on the desktop, there should be a standard.