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Known Unicode Keyman Keyboards

Lorna A. Priest, 2011-05-28

Contents


Keyman may be downloaded from:  http://www.keyman.com.

For help in installing Keyman keyboards, see: Keyboard Installation and Use.

SIL Unicode Keyman keyboards

Africa (SIL)

Cameroon

This is a Unicode version of Cameroon Characters 3.x. Except for complex tones, the keystrokes remain the same as those used for Cameroon Characters 3.x.

The Unicode version of Cameroon Characters is ultimately designed to work with any Unicode font, although and complex tone diacritics , , and are currently only in the PUA (Private Use Area) of the SIL Unicode Roman Fonts (Doulos SIL and Charis SIL).

Cameroon QWERTY Keyboard for Keyman 6.0 (includes documentation)
David Thormoset, 2005-12-02
Download "Cameroon QWERTY Unicode.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 81KB [4849 downloads]
Cameroon QWERTY Keyboard for Keyman 6.0 (Keyman source file)
David Thormoset, 2005-12-02
Download "Cameroon QWERTY Unicode.zip", ZIP archive, 2KB [3059 downloads]

Other Cameroon resources include a mapping file to convert from the SIL Cameroun Branch "cam2dr" truetype font to Unicode encoding.

Pan-Africa

SIL Keyboarding Chart for Africa

This is a pan-Africa keyboarding chart. Results were compiled from data received from SIL entities in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo. Where possible, the keystroke sequences that the majority of the entities seemed to prefer was used.

These keyboards are developed for Keyman 6.0.

Eastern Congo

Eastern Congo Keyman Keyboard
Loren Koehler, 2007-02-02
Download "ECGUnicode.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 245KB [3312 downloads]
Eastern Congo Keyman Keyboard - Source files
Loren Koehler, 2007-02-02
Download "ECGKeymanSource.zip", ZIP archive, 13KB [2206 downloads]

Other Eastern Congo resources include a mapping file to convert from the Eastern Congo Group fonts to Unicode encoding.

Ethiopia

Abyssinica SIL Unicode Keyman keyboard (Ethiopic)

Kenya

Bible Translation & Literacy keyboard

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. This keyboard is developed for Keyman 6.0 on any keyboard.

Liberia

Vai

This keyboard was developed for keyboarding the Vai Script. It is based on the old custom-encoded keyboard, but it has been updated for Unicode. Historic characters, logograms and digits are not included in the keyboard (U+A610..U+A62B). The majority of the keystrokes remain the same. The keyboard was developed for Keyman 6.0 (or greater) on any keyboard (US, UK, French, etc). The Keyman source file is provided as a part of the package for convenience in modifying the keyboard.

SIL Vai Unicode Keyman Keyboard (ver. 0.5)
Lorna A. Priest, 2009-10-30
Download "SILVaiUnicodeKMN.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 341KB [2269 downloads]

Other Vai resources: Two Vai Unicode fonts are available  here. Dukor is based on SIL Vai. Windows 7 provides a Unicode font with Vai support called Ebrima. TECkit mapping files for converting SIL Vai text to Unicode are provided here.

Mali

These keyboards are developed for work in language groups of Mali.

Mali AZERTY Keyboard for Keyman 7 (ver. 2.2) (includes documentation and fonts)
Dan Brubaker, 2008-11-11
Download "SILMaliAzerty7v22.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 4MB [2441 downloads]
Mali QWERTY Keyboard for Keyman 7 (ver. 2.2) (includes documentation and fonts)
Dan Brubaker, 2008-11-11
Download "SILMaliQwerty7v22.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 3MB [2403 downloads]
Mali AZERTY Keyboard for Keyman 6 (ver. 2.2) (includes documentation and fonts)
Dan Brubaker, 2008-11-10
Download "SILMaliAzerty6v22.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 3MB [2231 downloads]
Mali QWERTY Keyboard for Keyman 6 (ver. 2.2) (includes documentation and fonts)
Dan Brubaker, 2008-11-10
Download "SILMaliQwerty6v22.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 3MB [2255 downloads]

Other Mali resources include mapping files to convert from the SIL Mali standard legacy fonts to Unicode encoding and Charis SIL fonts which have been modified for use in Malian languages.

N'Ko

N'Ko Keyman keyboard — included as part of the experimental N'Ko Graphite font package.

Nubian

Nubian Keyman keyboard

Uganda/Tanzania

This Unicode keyboard was developed for work in language groups of Uganda and Tanzania.

Uganda/Tanzania Keyboard for Keyman
Martin Diprose, 2008-12-17
Download "UTB_Unicode.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 51KB [2194 downloads]
Uganda/Tanzania Keyboard for Keyman (Keyman source file)
Martin Diprose, 2008-12-17
Download "UTB_Unicode.zip", ZIP archive, 16KB [1489 downloads]

Americas (SIL)

Wayuunaiki (Colombia/Venezuela)

This keyboard was developed for keyboarding Wayuu which is spoken in Colombia and Venezuela. This keyboard is developed for Keyman 6.0 on any keyboard.  Keyman 6.0 must be installed prior to attempting to install this keyboard. Guidelines for who can use Keyman can also be find at this site.

After installing Keyman, download the Wayuu keyboard and double-click on the file you downloaded. This should install the keyboard and the documentation. Read the documentation by going to Start / Programs / Wayuu Keyboard / Wayuu Documentation.

For further help in installing Keyman keyboards, see: Keyboard Installation and Use.

Keyman keyboard for Wayuu
Lorna A. Priest, 2004-04-16
Download "Wayuu.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 155KB [4230 downloads]

Asia (SIL)

Tamil

Tamil Keyman keyboard — included as part of the experimental Tamil Graphite font package.

Tai Dam

Tai Dam Keyboards

Eurasia (SIL)

SIL Yi

SIL Yi Keyboard for use with Keyman 6

Europe/Middle East (SIL)

Biblical Hebrew

Ezra SIL Hebrew Unicode Fonts Download

The font download for Ezra SIL contains a Keyman keyboard.

Greek (polytonic precomposed) Unicode

Note

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X all provide a Greek Polytonic keyboard as part of the operating system. Those keyboards follow the standard Greek Polytonic keyboard layout. General instructions for installing Microsoft keyboards can be found here. Should you still wish to use the SIL Greek (polytonic precomposed) Keyman keyboard it is still available below.

This keyboard was developed for the typing of Biblical Greek text. It was originally created for customized fonts but has been updated for Unicode. It was developed for Keyman 6.2 on any keyboard.

This version contains a fix for the problem of fast typing reordering keystrokes when using Keyman with TSF. The basic effect of this is to make Keyman do all text input using TSF, rather than a mixture of TSF and ordinary keyboard events. If you use  FieldWorks you should upgrade to this version of the keyboard.

This version also fixes a problem that appeared with using the keyboard in Win7 64bit (for some reason, the keyboard had an unnecessary rule defining the "ENTER" key; this rule has been removed as of v1.03).

Download this package to install the keyboard (you must have Keyman 6.2 (or greater) already installed):

SIL Greek (polytonic precomposed) Unicode keyboard (Keyman installer) v1.03
Lorna A. Priest, 2011-05-28
Download "GrkPolyCompv103.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 195KB [1816 downloads]

Download this package if you wish to modify the keyboard:

SIL Greek (polytonic precomposed) Unicode keyboard Source files (zip) v1.03
Lorna A. Priest, 2011-05-28
Download "GrkPolyCompv103_Src.zip", ZIP archive, 192KB [7287 downloads]
Older versions
SIL Greek (polytonic precomposed) Unicode keyboard (Keyman installer)
Lorna A. Priest, 2008-02-12
Download "GrkPolyComp.kmp", Keyman keyboard package, 192KB [3725 downloads]
SIL Greek (polytonic precomposed) Unicode keyboard Source files (zip)
Lorna A. Priest, 2008-02-12
Download "GrkPolyComp_Src.zip", ZIP archive, 193KB [8042 downloads]

Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform

Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform Keyman keyboard — included as part of the experimental Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform Graphite font package.

Other SIL Unicode Keyman keyboards

Biblical Greek/Hebrew transliteration

Hebrew and Greek Unicode Transliteration Package
Todd Hoatson and Christopher Samuel, 2007-06-27
Download "HebGrkUniTrans.zip", ZIP archive, 109KB [10952 downloads]

IPA

IPA Unicode Keyboards Lorna Evans, 2015-01-28
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.
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.

Modifier Apostrophe

Many languages use the Modifier Apostophe (U+02BC ) in their orthographies. With this keyboard, you type  '  and U+02BC  will be input in your text. This is the only rule in the keyboard.

Modifier apostrophe Keyman keyboard
Beth Bryson, 2006-05-22
Download "ModApos_kbd.zip", ZIP archive, 1KB [2385 downloads]

Non-SIL Unicode Keyman keyboards

The following are some Web sites that have Unicode keyboards available for download. These are listed by the language supported, organized by regions of the world. This list should not be considered complete. The  Keyman website has the most extensive list of keyboards.

Note: SIL does not endorse or provide support for these. The contact address at each Web site should be used for any user support.

Africa (non-SIL)

Americas (non-SIL)

Asia (non-SIL)

Greek (non-SIL)

Other (non-SIL)

Pacific (non-SIL)

Other Keyman and keyboarding resources

 Official Keyman website

Tavultesoft Keyman Joan Wardell, 2007-04-23
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.

Keyboard Installation and Use Lorna Priest and Joan Wardell, 2009-02-19
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 computer.
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.

Keyboarding issues as related to SIL fonts – FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about keyboarding issues as related to older SIL fonts.

Keyboard-related registry keys in Microsoft Windows Marc Durdin, 2001-08-19
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.

Converting Keyman 3.2 Keyboards to Keyman 6 Joan M. Wardell, 2003-03-05
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 6.0 Lorna Priest, 2003-02-20
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.

Legacy Fonts and Keyboards Lorna A Priest, 2003-09-24
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.

An introduction to keyboard layout design theory: What goes where? Martin Hosken, 2003-02-17
Designing a keyboard layout 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?

Presentations and working papers in the area of input Lorna A. Priest, 2004-09-29
This page contains various papers on input related issues which have been presented at conferences.

Changelog

2012-08-15 LP: updated many links
2011-05-28 LP: updated GrkPoly keyboard
2009-10-30 LP: added Vai keyboard
2009-02-09 LP: added UTB keyboards
2008-11-10 LP: updated Mali keyboards
2008-10-2 LP: added Mali keyboards
2008-02-29 JW: added biblical greek/heb transliteration kbd
2007-03-19 - added link for transliteration of Semitic languages
2006-05-25 LP: added ethiopic links
2005-01-25 LP: added Tamil link
2004-05-03 LP: changed Hebrew Unicode link
2004-04-14 LP: added link for Yi
2004-04-14 LP: Revised IPA link
2003-10-31 VG: Revised SIL Greek keyboard link


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