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KBK update for Monday, 28th February

Just when it looked like February was going to be a washout compared to the success of January, persistence with contacting vendors paid off with the acquisition of the 1986 ITT catalogue entry for the elusive ETL 18 family. Many questions still remain, but this is a good first step in understanding these switches. The question of their unfortunate scarcity may lie in the DIN ergonomics standards of the early 80s, which ETL 18 appears not to comply with. This may have limited its application to standard keyboards. One important question that remains is whether the switch could be re-implemented in a DIN-compliant manner by a company such as Kailh, considering that it is one of the finest examples of a tactile switch ever constructed.

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