Swiss Helvetica

V X Y Z W W OE Â Ë Ô Ü Â spec spec / É È Ê
O P Q R S T U ä ë ï ö ü & Ç
H I J K L M N â ê î ô û ¦ « "
A B C D E F G à è ù · ì § --
k ( ) é j ' e 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
ç b c d s - f g h 9 0
w   oe
z l m n i o p q
? dem
y 1
; : cadr
x v u t espaces
a r . , cadrats

This Swiss case layout was in use at the Ecomusée Voltaire, Genève in 2004. It is a modification of their Parisienne layout, and is used for Helvetica. Whilst the capitals remain in alphabetic order (apart from W), the rows are transposed so that the A B C row is nearer the middle of the case. This change brings the more frequently used capitals closer to the centre, so reducing the arm movements of the compositor, and is similar to the change made in the later Spanish and Italian cases. The upper case accents, signs, and lower case k w x y z and j are also moved. Note that ¦ represents a single dagger, -- represents an em rule, and Ô Û are stored with Â.

The empty configuration is almost the same as Muller's La Parisienne (c.1910), but has six extra boxes by dividing some boxes in the top (upper) section right row, and bottom (lower) section left column. In addition, the ae and oe are in one divided box on the right.

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This page was written in 2004 by David Bolton and last updated 30 September 04.