From: Otto Stolz (Otto.Stolz@uni-konstanz.de)
Date: Wed Oct 27 2010 - 09:04:26 CDT
by way of example, I had written:
> Examples (from the keyboard driver I am currently using):
> key “E” generates single character “e”;
> key combination “⇧”+“E” generates single character “E”;
> key “Ü” generates single character “ü”, but could as well generate the
> canonically equvalent sequence “ü” (U+75, U+308);
> key combination “AltGr”-“E” generates single character “€”
> key sequence “^” + “a” generates single character “â”, but could as
> well generate canonically equivalent “â” (U+61, U+302 )
> key combination and sequence “AltGr”-“´” + “C” generates single
> character “č”, but could as well … (you get the idea)
On Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:10:16 +0200, Győző Dobner has asked:
> Do you use the default keyboard driver of your operating system or
> some third-party keyboard driver?
The latter, viz. “trans012” by Philipp Reichmuth. That keyboard driver
used to be available from two WWW sites (at least), but is no more so.
Meanwhile, there is the “Europatastatur” <http://www.europatastatur.de/>
by Karl Pentzlin to suit the same purpose.
> If you do use the default keyboard driver and it is this flexible,
> then can you tell us what operating system you use
I am still using Windows XP SP 3.
Windows comes with a huge bag full of various keyboard drivers.
If no one of these happens to suit your needs, you can use third-party
software to define your own keyboard driver; however, I do know
next to nothing about this sort of software. At least, from the
examples given, it is evident that Windows’ keyboard interface,
and the keybord-driver generating software, are flexible enough.
Some of the available software is listed under
Pentzlin’s driver can generate almost any conceivable character (or
character sequence, respectively), if only it is used in a Latin-based
writing system. However, Pantzlin’s driver is mnemotechnically based
on the German standard keyboard layout; hence, if you use any layout
diferent from our QWERTZU layout, it will prove difficult to memorize
the various key assignments.
> Your advice may be somewhat misleading if Arns uses something else.
As Arns had mentioned that he is pondering over his own, special
keyboard layout, I assume that he is well aware of the available
keybord-driver generating software.
My point was just that the various keystrokes are not necessarilly
mapped to single Unicode characters, and that keystroke sequences
are not necessarily mapped to character sequences. I hope well,
that Arns can exploit this freedom of the mapping to find an
ergonomically, and linguistically, pleasing keyboard layout for
the purpose at hand.
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