Re: Common input methods for IPA

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Wed Jul 10 2002 - 11:32:58 EDT

Marc Wilhelm Küster <kuester at saphor dot net> wrote:

> In this brave new world of wonderful input methods, what is the
> current state of affairs for keyboard-based input methods for
> characters from the IPA block? Is there any de facto standard for
> this and, for that matter, for an IPA keyboard layout?

I wanted to do an IPA keyboard for SC UniPad. After searching the Web
and asking this list, I finally found an IPA keyboard layout that is
usable on Windows (i.e. does not assign characters to Ctrl+keys or

Unfortunately this is not an actual Windows keyboard driver, or a text
description with Unicode code points. It's just a set of four GIFs
showing the glyphs. And since I'm not an IPA expert, I had to do some
guessing about which characters belonged where. I found a few
ambiguities and some characters that I still don't think are in Unicode.
I ended up doing the UniPad keyboard, but I'm not satisfied with it.

If you do find an IPA keyboard for Windows, defined in terms of Unicode
code points, *please* let me know.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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