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The “international niamey
Describes the “international niamey keyboard” layout proposed by Mann and Dalby.
Presentations and working papers in
the area of input
This page contains various papers on input related issues which have been presented at conferences.
An introduction to keyboard design
theory: What goes where?
Designing a keyboard is relatively easy: you just allocate codepoints to keystrokes. The difficulty comes
when trying to decide what codepoints to assign to what keystrokes. Do you design based around the characters
on the keytops of a user's keyboard or the relative position of the keys? What do you do if you want to be
able to type more characters than there are keys in your keyboard?
Ukelele is a Unicode keyboard layout editor for Mac OS X versions 10.2 and later. Version 2.2.6 is available
for download, and can be used on Mac OS X 10.4 and later. The previous stable release of Ukelele, version
1.8.4 (universal binary, for Mac OS X 10.2 and later) is still available for download. This version works on
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) to 10.9 (Mavericks).
SILKey for Macintosh
SILKey is a suite of programs that can be used to modify the behavior of the Macintosh keyboard when typing
in any standard Macintosh word processor or other text-editing program. Written by Jonathan Kew, it is very
similar to, but is not based on, the Keyman program for Windows.
Friendly Right-to-Left Editor
Keyman is a keyboard management utility that makes it practical to input many different languages in almost
any Windows application. Keyman allows you to have arbitrarily long input sequences and to have diacritics
typed after the base character.
KeyLayoutMaker is a Perl script designed to create Mac OS X keyboard layout files, based on simple lists of
keystrokes and required Unicode characters. It is particularly suited to creating layouts for syllabic
This page contains keyboards created for typing in IPA data.
On Windows, three keyboarding options are available: an IPA Keyman keyboard and keyboards which work through
the Windows keyboarding system (MSKLC) for US, UK and BR keyboard layouts. A third option is now available
using the AutoHotkey program.
We also now provide an IPA keyboard for Linux as an Ubuntu package.
Installable keyboards for Mac OS X version 10.2, designed to allow entry of Unicode 5.0 IPA characters.
Includes Dvorak version.
IPA SIL keyboards for Mac OS
Installable keyboards for Mac OS X version 10.2 and higher, designed to allow entry of Unicode 5.1 IPA
characters. Includes Dvorak version.
IPA Unicode Windows Keyboards
- old versions
This page contains non-current versions of keyboards created for typing in IPA data on Windows machines.
Known Unicode Keyman
This is a list of SIL Unicode Keyman keyboards as well as some other websites which have Unicode Keyman
keyboards available for download.
Some tools and resources for
Links to useful tools for character input.
Tai Dam Keyboards
Two Tai Dam keyboard layouts are provided for keying text in the Tai Viet script.
SIL Keyboarding Chart for
Unicode Keyboard for Macintosh
A simplified transliteration scheme for typing Hebrew or Greek transliteration in Unicode applications, with
layout based on the Macintosh U.S. extended keyboard.
Downloadable keyboard definitions, for use with Tavultesoft's Keyman software.
Legacy Fonts and
The fonts and keyboards on this page are considered "legacy" solutions. As such, they are made available for
use and downloading, although Unicode solutions are encouraged.
Keyboard-related registry keys in
This document lists a number of registry keys and file types and locations that are used for keyboard
management in Windows, and also some Keyman-specific settings.
Bible Translation & Literacy
This keyboard was developed for use by BTL (Bible Translation & Literacy) language teams in Kenya. It was
originally created for customized fonts but has been updated for Unicode.
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