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Pacific languages’ Keyboards

Each language will be provided with two keyboards, one for Windows and one for Macs. There may also be some older “touch-type” keyboards here for download; they are being phased out but are always available if you contact me directly via email.

Multi-lingual keyboards keep the standard A–Z keys while the special characters used by the languages are mapped to punctuation keys. These keyboards allow for easy typing in both English and the Native langauge at the same time. Accents are typed after the base letter. Multi-lingual keyboards for Windows have been designed in the standard Microsoft Windows key layout file format as well as the Keyman format. The Keyman format has the advantage of a one-click download and install of the keyboard and several Unicode fonts. However, Keyman is a third-party software package and there may be technical problems that I cannot address.


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.

How the keyboards work:

The multi-lingual keyboards place accents and special letters only on punctuation keys, so as not to interfere with letters required by English. This way borrowed words or proper names can be typed in a Native language text without switching keyboard layouts. On these keyboards, accents are typed after the letter they modify. Where a punctuation key has been altered, the original value is typed by holding down the RIGHT-ALT (on Windows) or one of the OPTION keys (on Macs) and hitting the punctuation key.

Keyboard Maps and Keyboards

Native Name English Name Keyboard Map Download Multi-lingual Keyboard

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi


Keymap (pdf)

Windows Keylayout
Mac Keyboard

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Last Update: Friday, October 12, 2007