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Converting Keyman 3.2
Keyboards to Keyman 6
Getting your old Keyman 3.2 keyboards to work in Keyman5 or 6 is not difficult. There are just a few
modifications needed, as discussed below. Whether you should convert your keyboards
so that they can be used in Windows 2000 and higher is a question that should also be
considered. It may be better to encourage users to move to new Unicode keyboards, rather than continue
producing texts which must be converted. But there are legitimate reasons for using legacy fonts and
keyboards, so this is how you get the keyboards to work.
Building Keyboards with Keyman
We will be creating a keyboard which will allow us to type IPA text. Our goal will be to learn how to develop
a Keyman keyboard, not to create a complete keyboard.
Comparing Keyman and Microsoft
Windows Keyboard Layout Creator
This table offers a comparison of the capabilities between Keyman and Microsoft Windows Keyboard Layout
Computers were designed to work primarily with English. The problem is that many of us wish to input other
languages into the computer. This is possible by switching keyboards (not the physical keyboard) on the
In this overview we give details of how to use Microsoft and Keyman keyboards. Microsoft keyboards are
probably preferable to use if you wish to input text in one of the languages for which they have supplied a
keyboard. If you need a keyboard for some other language, or you do not like Microsoft's layout, you may want
to use a keyboard manager like Tavultesoft's Keyman. Keyman allows you to create your own customized
keyboard, or if you choose, you may use a Keyman keyboard someone else has created.
Instructions are given here for installing Microsoft keyboards as well as Keyman keyboards.
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