Let me just draw a picture of what I mean...
You're all missing the point.
QuoteYou're all missing the point.I don't think we are. Having mechanically actuated parts reverse mounted leaves you liable to some ham fisted operater shoving them thru the board. You know what folks go when they get frustrated - punch the buttons harder, and repeatedly.Parts that aren't touched, or ultmately hidden behind a bezel, are one thing.Switches held on the board with the minimal size of mounting pads that hold them is not good long term.
Are you planning on having the face of the circuit board exposed as well? Then you're also looking at the high likelyhood of static discharge being directly exposed to your circiuts, and blown components that way.
Digikey does offer a limited selection of "reverse mount switch".Have you looked at them?http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en/switches/tactile-switches/1114206?k=reverse%20mount%20switch
Also, I tend not to use Digikey as the website is one of the worst on the internet.
QuoteAlso, I tend not to use Digikey as the website is one of the worst on the internet. That is total bullshit! They are the easiest to use, best filtering for parts website out there - always my first choice when looking for parts.
Male & female headers, no one does those well except for places that specialize in those kinds of parts, such as http://www.phoenixent.com/. Not sure that helps you in the UK.
As for reverse mounted SMD switches, you may be left with reforming leads, SMT or otherwise, to get parts. How many do you think you'll need?
What does Farnell/Newark/RS offer?