There are two types of Syllabics keyboards on this site:
- One-key, one-character. With one keystroke, one syllabic character
appears, be it a full
like ᒧ,ᔦ, and ᒐ, or a
final: like ᐤ,
ᐨ, or ᐦ.
Combining symbols, e.g. the mid-dot ᐧ, are typed separately.
- Type in Roman. This
follows the principle of typing finals and vowels separately. This is
different from the first type of keyboard. To type ᖱ, simply use the 'i' key, and
generated by the sequence 'p' + 'a'.
Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. The former takes
some training to learn, but once your fingers know the keys, it’s
certainly faster. The latter is
simpler for the casual user, as the Roman orthography physically printed on the keyboard is a
mnemonic device to remember the corresponding syllabic.
Note: These keyboards are for Unicode fonts only.
- These Keyboards follow Unicode completely. Unicode contains all of
the syllabics required for traditional Blackfoot, except for the raised
=. However, there is a raised = in a non-Syllabics section of Unicode, I
am using that mapping.
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
Wood has a list of Unicode friendly software.