Re: Combined Yorb characters with dot below and tonal diacritics

From: Ilya Zakharevich <>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:52:05 -0700

On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 01:06:51PM +1000, Andrew Cunningham wrote:
> The problem with approach documented below is two fold:

> 1) the characters required do not all exist as precomposed characters thus
> microsoft's dead key sequences will not work for yoruba.

As I explained in my mail, this is wrong.

> 2) certaon alt-gr sequences are not quaranteed to work in all programs.
> Some programs treat the Alt-Gr sequence as the equivalent to the Alt key
> sequence. With program shortcuts overriding keyboard input.

Some programs are broken. This is a fact of life. This should not be
an issue to discuss here.

  (They may be broken with AltGr. They may be broken with deadkeys.)

> From memory this was a problem we would have with MS Word.

I have no experience with MS programs; however, I doubt your
conclusion very much.

> And adding frequently typed characters like vowels and tone marks to altgr
> is usually a bad idea.

Who cares? As far as it works…

> Easier to move less needed sequences to the altgr
> state putting feequently type characters on the normal and shift
> states

If you have 400-keys keyboard — fine with you. However, with Yorùbá,
this may be even feasible, since there are many Latin characters

The approach I explained does not require AltGr. It is just the logic
of combining a prefix key with a key producing a cluster.


P.S. If it was not clear, the AltGr-keys in my initial message should
      produce combinations with U+0329.
Received on Sat Apr 11 2015 - 23:53:32 CDT

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