I decided to adapt to the Swiss German keyboard layout, partly because my new notebook
has one and the replacement (German-German) layout is expensive, partly because
I have been told that the brackets and braces are at a very convenient location
Alt Gr+keys close to the
Return key vs.
Alt Gr+digits on the German
ß letter, not commonly used in Switzerland, is not available on this
keyboard layout. In Ubuntu, it can be accessed simply by
Alt Gr +
However, in Windows, the
ß letter cannot be easily accessed -- various
forums suggest typing
0223. That's too much for one single letter.
The solution: Create a custom keyboard driver! What seems to be a difficult task
is in fact a very simple one thanks to Microsoft's
Keyboard Layout Creator.
Download, install, open the default Swiss German layout, edit the
Alt Gr layer
to produce an
ß when hitting
s, verify, choose a name for the new layout,
build, done. The result is an
file for every architecture (AMD64, x86) that can be installed in order to
make the layout available on the target system.
For myself, I have copied most of Ubuntu's
Alt Gr layer. However, I am reluctant
to posting my own keyboard drivers because I am not at all sure about copyright
restrictions of the original keyboard layout which has been used to create
the customized one.