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African/Australian Keyboards (Roman Orthography)

Unicode versions only

The keyboards provided on this site are used with Keyman from Tavultesoft. This program must be downloaded and installed before any of the keyboards will work on your computer. All keyboards (unless otherwise noted) on this site are designed to work with Unicode fonts, and as such, will only work with certain software (e.g. Windows XP, MS Word). See Unicode links page for Unicode friendly software.

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Note: These keyboards are for Unicode fonts only, and even so, some languages may use symbols do not appear in the Unicode standard. Because the keyboards follow Unicode completely, they may have problems displaying some characters properly, if at all. Click on the red X to see why some keyboards have characters outside the Unicode standard. Accented Capital letters can be particularly unattractive using these keyboards.

How the keyboards work:

Each language may be provided with two keyboards, one for quick touch typing, the other for multi-lingual (English/French/Spanish/Native language). Individual typists can choose whichever keyboard suits their needs best.

The touch typing keyboard re-assigns alphabetic keys which are not used by the language, for example, a language does not employ the letter j, so the j-key has been changed to a haček accent ˇ. Accents on touch-typing keyboards are typed first, before the letter they modify: j + c = č. The back-slash \ key followed by any other key reverts the key to its original value: \ + j = j.

The multi-lingual keyboards place accents and special letters only on punctuation keys, so as not to interfere with letters required by English: the haček accent ˇ is on the left-braket [-key. On these keyboards, accents are typed after the letter they modify: c + [ = č. The key indicated on the keymap as ¤ followed by any other key reverts the key to its original value: ¤ + [ = [.

Keyboard Maps and Keyboards

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