There are two types of Syllabics keyboards on this site:
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.
There is a lot of orthographical variation amongst Cree and Ojibway communities concerning w-dot placement and the forms of the finals. This is all taken account of in the specific keyboards. For more details, see the keyboard maps for each language.
However, there are also stylistic differences. Some writers may prefer a certain placement of final, e.g. the final /w/ or /ch/ to be in the middle of the line instead of on top. Thus the Cree words for "road" and "soon", ᒣᐢᑲᓇᐤ ᐑᐸᐨ with top line finals and their mid-line final versions ᒣᐢᑲᓇ ᐑᐸ. The shape of the syllabic may also have various forms. These stylistic differences can be compared to Latin minuscule ‘a’ and ‘g’, which can also look like ‘ɑ’ and ‘ɡ’. Speakers of most languages using the Roman Alphabet would not treat these as different letters, although graphically they are quite distinct. Same goes for most Syllabics languages. As these are stylistic variants, if you prefer one kind of final to another, you should look for a font which contains the style of character you desire.
The syllabics keyboards for Windows provided on this site are used with Keyman from Tavultesoft. This program will be installed along with some Unicode fonts by clicking on a link below. Mac users will have to install fonts separately, but Keyman is not required on Macs.
Note: These keyboards are for Unicode fonts only, and even so, some languages use symbols do not appear in the Unicode standard. The keyboards try to follow Unicode completely, but some languages have problems displaying some characters properly, if at all. See the “Important Notes” link for each keyboard for more information.
|ᐄᔨᔫ ᐊᔨᒨᓐ, ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒨᓐ, ᐃᓕᓖᒧᐎᓐ||Cree, Eastern: Includes East Cree (Quebec), Moose Cree (Ontario). Important notes||Keymap|
|ᐃᓂᓂᒧᐎᐣ||Cree, Central: Includes Omushkego Cree (Ontario). Important notes||Keymap|
|ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐏᐏᐣ||Cree, Western: Includes all in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories. Important Notes||Keymap|
|ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᒧᐎ||i-finals, left-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᒧᐏ||i-finals, right-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᒧᐎᓐ||a-finals, left-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᒧᐏᓐ||a-finals, right-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᒧᐎᐣ||western-finals, left-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|ᐊᓂᔑᓇᐯᒧᐏᐣ||western-finals, right-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᒧᐎᐣ||left-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᒧᐏᐣ||right-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|ᔭᓂᓯᓂᓂᒧᐏᐣ||Finals ‘k’ + ‘p’ ", right-side w-dot Important notes||Keymap|
|Language Name||Specific Orthography Description||
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