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Re: Keyboards

From:Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Date:Thursday, January 12, 2006, 15:51
Paul Bennett wrote:

> Interesting. If Carsten's willing, maybe I could discuss > with him on list (or off list if you prefer) exactly what > he did and how he did it. Maybe it can throw some ideas > into the open that other people could be inspired by, or > build on.
You can download what I've done up to now under In that directory, there is a file called or similar. The keyboard is basically in X-Sampa, not in CXS. I'd rather adopt Z-Sampa (the ZBB's extension of XS) BTW, since this one also includes the newer signs from the ExtIPA and the two new symbols for the labiodental flap or whatever it was. Google for "Z-Sampa" on, since I know neither the exact address of the wiki nor the one of the respective page in the wiki. However, the task the keyboard layout does is converting from XS into IPA as you write. It's quite helpful in my opinion. I guess I should promote it a bit more ;-) My server does not offer a downloads-statistic, so I don't know how many times that file has been downloaded so far and I'm too lazy to check the logfiles. So, if you want to take over my work ... The description included in the ZIP file (in German and English) is not completely correct, since for example, you cannot enter [J\] due to an error I made: When defining dead-keys, you don't define them like <key>+<key> but as <glyph>+<glyph>. So my definition of <J>+<\> doesn't work, since the glyph <ɲ> is assigned to the key <J> and not the glyph <J>. You have to give the program <ɲ>+<\> to work. It's a bit tricky, but once you know how it works, it's just an shitload of work to include all the deadkey combinations, but it works at least. So for example if you have assigned, say, <ß> to the key on which "\" is printed, you'll have to define <...>+<ß> for the deadkey. That way, I mixed up the hyphen, which can now be found on shift-comma instead of the key for the hyphen, which is the tiebar. It's a mess sometimes, be warned! Actually, it'd best to start all over I guess. Note that I used the standard de-DE keyboard layout (QWERTZ, you'll see it), but with some changes to the places of the sentence marks. You certainly want to rearrange the keyboard to the English layout. Or even better, if you get your hands on this, tweak my file for the English keyboard and also make amends to my German layout. Making a layout for the French wouldn't be bad either I guess ... The PDF help file explains the basics, but is errorneous, so you're better trying it out yourself. I also wouldn't mind to somehow make it possible to enter numbers which have been excluded so far and also non-IPA-specific (combining) diacritics like the diaresis or the cedilla and those. I'd also appreciate to include a way to write ß. I've been way lazy with updating this layout because it would mean to delete the layout from the Preferences dialogue on languages, uninstall my current installation of the DLL file, then modify the source file and installing it again ... It's bad that you cannot edit already installed keyboards. FWIW, I also edited the standard German keyboard to be able to write things like ś and ţ. It's also not perfect since I recently noticed that Unicode also includes e.g. e-dotabove which I didn't include. I think something like that and more ordered than my version already exists. It's annoying that there's a US-International keyboard layout, but none for German or French and all. Why didn't they include deadkeys for writing ç etc. in the standard keyboard layouts anyway? The Swiss keyboard has a deadkey for the diaresis for example with which you can enter ë and ï, but the German keyboard layout lacks this ability for some reason. We've only got a key for each ä, ö, ü and that was it. No ability to enter ë or even œ. But then, there is a deadkey with which you can enter á, à, é, è etc. This also goes for the circumflex accent. So ... feel free to improve my work. It's under GPL and far from perfection. It's unlikely that I will work on it further. OBConlang: I'll try to make a keyboard for the Tahano Nuhicamu once I finished the TTF font with its *potentially* 4,000,000 combinations (of which I'll only need 30,000 I estimated) ... I've only got about 3,000 combinations at the moment and it needs the Tavultesoft keyboard program thing because it enables you to extend the deadkey function as it seems in that you can define a string of more than one keystroke plus some other string to be replaced by one glyph from the font. That way, I should be able to enter <[name]- meung> and what comes out is the pre-assembled glyph ___ / / ' / | \__/ _| .---, , | ,---' | ___ | |____/_ \ , , ___/ , / .---, \____/ (to be best viewed in Arial Unicode MS). I need the glyphs preassembled because the outlines of the single glyphs are just scans with the letters having an irregular width each. It's been too much work to draw everything in Inkscape. And the result wasn't that pretty either. Handwritten it looks much nicer IMO. Cheers, Carsten -- Keywords: keyboards, ipa, cxs "Miranayam cepauarà naranoaris." (Calvin nay Hobbes)


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