An alternate US-International keyboard layout

The default US-International keyboard layout for Windows isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Primarily there are issues, in my mind, with regard to composing keys, but in addition to that there are other characters I’d like to have available in a US-International layout. I put together this particular layout a few years ago, but it’s mostly just languished, occasionally shared with friends or other developers through email or sometimes Dropbox.

Anyway, I’ve done a rebuild, and provided the layout as an installer package or 7-Zip archive for anyone interested. The keyboard layout source file is now also available on BitBucket, in case anyone wants to make their own further changes.

Keyboard layout maps

The following screenshots show the keyboard layout. And for those wondering what “dead keys” are, they’re where you need to press a certain set of keys to select an accent to add to another character that you type next (for example, AltGr-‘ followed by O to get Ó). For keyboards that don’t have a dedicated AltGr key, Windows accepts the combination of Ctrl-Alt for international and composed characters.

US-International Alternate Standard Keys

US-International Alternate Standard Keys

US-International Alternate Shift Keys

US-International Alternate Shift Keys

US-International Alternate Composed Keys

US-International Alternate Composed Keys

US-International Alternate Shifted Composed Keys

US-International Alternate Shifted Composed Keys