I was thinking about movable/moving keys, but it's possible to confuse that with keys that can be removed from the keyboard and placed on a different one, or in a different position, I'm afraid.

"Physically pressable" doesn't cut it, as the keys already have to be described as simply "pressable" - in the sense that they are interactive.

  • I am not 100 percent sure what you are looking for, but what is the problem with "key" itself or "keyboard"?
    – Cardinal
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 20:19
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    All keys on keyboards on computers can be pressed. So, what exactly do you mean?
    – Lambie
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 20:44
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    @Lambie, I'm not sure, but I think they might have meant digital keyboard vs. physical keyboard, i.e. the different between the computer on my laptop and my phone. Commented May 14, 2020 at 21:10
  • A physical key is an electrical switch. That term is never used for the "virtual" keys or buttons on a touch screen. If they can be removed from the keyboard they are even more like switches – or did you mean the key tops can be removed? Commented May 14, 2020 at 21:36
  • I'd like to see the sentence that you are trying to write. Is there a single adjective in your native language?
    – James K
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 22:52

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There are many kinds of keyswitch, from plastic membrane, through "tactile" (with a metal dome to give a click), to piezoelectric to


That's a phrase I saw looking through some electronic supplier catalogs. It might be a good starting point for the specification, or as a term for further search.

  • This could have worked, but the actual travel distance is much smaller. Commented May 15, 2020 at 12:18
  • Although just saying that "the keys are pressable and physically travel" is pretty much what I was looking for. Thanks! Commented May 15, 2020 at 12:40

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