I have a keyboard issue with the '}' key. At the moment, I have to actually copy/paste this character whenever I want to use it inside a 'question' or 'answer' WYSIWYG editor on this website. If I type it using my keyboard it is replaced automatically by

enter your code here

if I am at the beginning of a line or by

`enter your code here`

if I am not.

I am using an AZERTY keyboard (being French).

On an azerty keyboard, the '}' character is two keys to the right of the '0' character and requires the 'ALT-GR' key (right of the space key) to be pressed for activation, I was wondering if this could be misinterpreted by the editor.

It does make typing code bothersome, especially since I am mostly a C++ user!

EDIT: Following an answer: Yes I use Firefox 3.5 on Windows XP.

I'd rather not change my language though, I prefer my keys to actually reflect the characters they will produce.

For any idea or suggestion...

  • FYI: once configured, toggling between keyboard layouts involves pressing Left Alt + Shift. Still an annoyance, I admit, but perhaps more convenient than some other options.
    – McDowell
    Commented Oct 27, 2009 at 16:08
  • Issue has been fixed, though whether because of a change in stack overflow or Firefox I have no idea... it's great though! Commented Oct 9, 2010 at 11:05

3 Answers 3


Using a UK keyboard map, I see the same behaviour (Alt Gr+=), but only with Firefox on Windows (Chrome on Windows, IE and Firefox on Ubuntu do not respond to the key-combination).

You might want to confirm your OS, browser, versions and so on if you want a fix.

As a temporary workaround, you can try switching browsers and/or making use of your operating system's input services to remap the keyboard (for example, Windows lets you switch language input at will via a taskbar icon).


There must be a conflict between your '}' key and the shortcut assigned to "code sample" (ctrl-k).

I can only say that while I also have an AZERTY keyboard (being Belgian), I don't have this issue. Granted, my '}' sign is on the '0' key, not two keys right of it, but I also have to use the 'ALT-GR' key to type it.


This issue is now fixed, but before I was using [ALT + 125] to write a '}' character...

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