RE: Full Unicode Computer Keyboard

From: Mustafa Jabbar (
Date: Thu May 12 2005 - 03:37:06 CDT

  • Next message: Hans Aberg: "RE: Full Unicode Computer Keyboard"

    A keyboard or an input method for Indic languages can be very ideal in the
    way we have implemented.
    We implemented Bangla Keybaord named Bijoy since 1988. We have 11 Vowels, 9
    vowel signs, 39 consonants and two special signs. We have taken 52
    characters (As equal to Upper & Lower Roman Keys) with 11 (Vowel/Vowel
    Signs- either of the two), 39 Consonants and two special signs. There are a
    few thousand conjuncts which are in fact combination of basic characters. We
    have used a special sign( Halant or Hasanta) as the midifier.
    In practice ( we are practicing it for 17 years) we have found that we are
    not having any problem.
    Bangla has almost all the characters like any other Indic langauge.
    Either it is Unicode or ASCII, we are to generate the characters. As
    Opentype can take care of the formation, conjuncts are created by font
    designing tools.
    For Indic Languages we feel that our solution is the best as of now.
    In my opinion other languages can find out similiar approaches which might
    be very specific to that particular language.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On
    Behalf Of Neil Harris
    Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 9:56 PM
    To: Hans Aberg
    Cc: Unicode List
    Subject: Re: Full Unicode Computer Keyboard

    Hans Aberg wrote:

    > Are Unicode keyboard input methods discussed on this list? The fastest
    > method for a large character set (like Chinese), is supposedly that
    > one types some identifier of the character, and the computer
    > successively shows the possible matches. When one sees the right
    > character appear, one selects it.
    > Such an input method might relate to the discussion here about the
    > correctness of character names. A Unicode keyboard input method, for
    > standard keyboards, might be as follows:
    > - First one hits the button, indicating that a new Unicode character
    > is to be input.
    > - One then types metacharacters A-Z plus space on the keyboard, and
    > the computer displays possible character name completions, possibly
    > with some other identifiers, such as a number or the Unicode character
    > number.
    > - When there is only one match, one hits "enter"; alternatively, one
    > types the displayed number, and hits "enter".
    > I think it is interesting to think about the method above, because it
    > then becomes practically important to get character names and aliases
    > correct. The method might also be refined, so that one can type say
    > the name of a script, and get that implemented onto the keyboard. This
    > would then admit quick script changes, without having to specially
    > adapt the keyboard.

    You will probably have to find a name with a safer acronym, though.

    -- Neil

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