Re: Possible to add new precomposed characters for local language in Togo?

From: Marcel Schneider <>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2016 08:56:39 +0100 (CET)

On Thu, 3 Nov 2016 01:05:13 +0100, Mats Blakstad wrote:

> After managing to add the keyboard to XKB I started on a new venture of
> trying to make a windows version of the keyboard using this:
> It is nearly impossible to replicate as it seems like you can only add dead
> keys if they have a precomposed character.

This Windows limitation is indeed a significant drawback. You may wish to browse
the archive back and forth starting from here:

> Also, in Togo it is used double tones like these:
> And windows do not even allow dead keys with double symbols...

I top on Philippe Verdyʼs reply. Serial dead keys are a Windows feature,
and implementing them is feasible around MSKLC although not in the GUI, as
its developer Michael Kaplan explained in a blog post that Doug Ewell shared in:

Actually Iʼm localizing in English an interactive, self-explaining script in batch
to facilitate generating the sources and layout drivers. It will soon be
for free download here:

Even the EULA issue is settled, as you may read there.

Further I recommend to program the deadtrans list in C because this has the
advantage of working on a flat list, while in the .klc source it is grouped.

> So I wonder if it could be a solution for a precomposed double tone?
> So one unicode for tilde+acute and another for tilde+grave?
> The only way we manage to make the keyboard now is to add all the tones
> behind the letters instead of before the letters.
> I think in fact it seems easier than on French keyboard, but it will also
> break the French keyboard when it comes to what order you click buttons to
> add tones.
> I also think it would be a benefit to have the keyboard on windows and
> Ubuntu work mostly the same.
> Not sure if there are any other good ideas for how to solve it?

Additionally to Denis Jacqueryeʼs replies, I would mention again a software
that I believe is best fit to get what you need on Windows:
Keyman is now a part of SIL and is being made available for free.

Best regards,


> On 25 February 2016 at 09:35, Marcel Schneider wrote:
Received on Thu Nov 03 2016 - 02:57:07 CDT

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