The Display Language and Keyboard Layout options let you customize the character set and keyboard layouts for a variety of international keyboards or for the Dvorak keyboard. The Dvorak keyboard layout is an arrangement of keys designed to increase typing speed and efficiency by locating the keys used most often in the home row. (See Figure A-8.) The Dvorak keyboard is also called the American Simplified Keyboard.
Character set defines which of several possible alternatives is displayed when you press a given key location on the keyboard.
The keyboard buffer is a special part of RAM where keystrokes are stored when the computer is busy and can't deal with them immediately. The buffer can keep track of up to 256 keystrokes. (After that, keystrokes are ignored.) This lets you type a series of instructions to the computer while the computer is doing something elselike saving a document on a disk. If you find this feature getting you into trouble (if you find yourself typing instructions that you later repent), you can turn off the keyboard buffer by using the Keyboard Buffering option.