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ABD YORUBA KEYBOARD  - Usage Tips

 

 

 

 

Important Usage Reminders

 

bullet Always start by selecting “ABD Yoruba” on your windows tray keyboard list, each time you open an application. Since ABDYoruba can type in both English & Yoruba, you may also wish to set it as yourdefault keyboard so you don't need to switch.
bullet Use a Unicode Compatible Application e.g. MSWord, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher
bullet Use a Unicode Compatible Font e.g. Arial Unicode MS
bullet When viewing a Yoruba web page, you want to make sure you are using the right encoding, i.e.

In IE, Click on View => Encoding => Unicode (UTF-8), if you can't view characters properly with the default Western European encoding.

In Mozilla Firefox and Netscape, Click on View => Character Encoding => Unicode(UTF-16 Little Endian), or

select one of the Western encodings.

 

 

Choosing the Right Font

Arial Unicode MS is the most complete font for Unicode.

 

To select Arial Unicode MS Font in IE:

1. Click on Tools => Internet Options => Fonts (at the bottom, beside Colors).

2. Language Script should be "Latin based". Select "Arial Unicode MS" for the Webpage font. Click OK.

 

To select Arial Unicode MS Font in Mozilla Firefox

1. Click on Tools => Options => Fonts & Colors.

2. Select "Arial Unicode MS" under the list of fonts for Unicode.

 

To select Arial Unicode MS in MS Word, simply select it from the list in your fonts drop down menu. If you do not see Arial Unicode MS on your list, then you will need to install this font. Method of installation depends on what version of Office you are running. To know how to install this font using your version of office, Click on Help in MS Word, type "Installing Unicode Font", and follow the explanation on how to install the universal font for Unicode.

 

Note: Arial Unicode MS can also be downloaded here.

 

As mentioned earlier, you also have the option of using other available Unicode compatible fonts, especially because Arial Unicode is such a large font. For example, Code 2001(beta) is available for download at: http://home.att.net/~jameskass/code2001.htm  (Download, extract, then go to Start=> Control Panel => Fonts; Click on File => Install New Font => Select the Code 2001 True Type Font on your computer). Other commercial fonts have been developed, and many other Unicode compatible commercial and free fonts tuned for Yoruba are currently being developed and will be announced later.







ABD Yoruba with Email

 

1. MS Outlook with Arial Unicode MS: Compatible

Sending: Select ABD Yoruba Keyboard, and type away! - Email is composed with MS Word. 

Receiving: Recipients must view using a Unicode compatible font. If viewing via a web based email client, view using Unicode or Western European Encoding, as described earlier. You may want to stick with Western since this is the usually default encoding.

 

2. Yahoo Mail with Arial Unicode MS and IE: Compatible

Sending: Go to Yahoo => Compose => Color and Graphics. Select ABD Yoruba Keyboard. Select your encoding (View=>Encoding=>Western European (Windows) or Unicode(UTF-8) ). You may want to stick to  composing email with the Western European (Windows) Encoding, since that's usually the default in Internet Explorer; so that recipients will not need to change their encoding - especially if they do not know they should do this. Both encodings will work though. Now compose your message in the Compose window. All characters except the dotted s will appear correctly. Consider sending your email with a regular s, without a dot. If you do need to use the dotted s, all you need to do is to compose your email in MS Word, and then copy and paste into your Yahoo Compose (Color & Graphics) window. ALL characters, including the dotted s, will appear correctly. If you are going this route, try to use a small font (e.g. size 9) in MS Word so your text is consistent with regular email text size. Unless you want a bigger size of course. Just make sure you compose in Color & Graphics mode!!! And when forwarding Yoruba email, forward as "attachments", not inline text, so that formatting is preserved. As when replying email, formatting will be preserved if you have been using "Color & Graphics".

Receiving: Make sure you/your recipients also view using the same encoding you used to compose the email. Recipients must also view using a Unicode compatible font.

 

3. Hotmail with Arial Unicode MS and IE: Compatible

Sending: Go to Hotmail => Mail => New; Tools => Rich-Text Editor ON. Select ABD Yoruba Keyboard. Select your encoding (View=>Encoding=>Western European (Windows) or Unicode(UTF-8) ). You may want to stick to  composing email with the Western European (Windows) Encoding, since that's usually the default in Internet Explorer; so that recipients will not need to change their encoding - especially if they do not know they should do this. Both encodings will work though. Now compose your message in the Compose window. All characters except the dotted s will appear correctly. Consider sending your email with a regular s, without a dot. If you do need to use the dotted s, all you need to do is to compose your email in MS Word, and then copy and paste into your Hotmail Compose (Rich-Text Editor ON) window. ALL characters, including the dotted s, will appear correctly. If you are going this route, try to use a small font (e.g. size 9) in MS Word so your text is consistent with regular email text size. Unless you want a bigger size of course.  Just make sure you compose in the Rich Text Editor mode!!! And when forwarding Yoruba email, forward as "attachments", not inline text, so that formatting is preserved. As when replying email, formatting will be preserved if you have been using the Rich Text Editor.

Receiving: Make sure you/your recipients also view using the same encoding you used to compose the email. Recipients must also view using a Unicode compatible font.

 

 

Varying results obtained using other browsers/font combinations. Feel free to experiment!

 

 

ABD Yoruba on Online Forums (IE)

Not Fully Compatible. Double marked characters, i.e. characters with both the tonal sign and the underdot, are still almost always problematic on online forums. Characters with underdots only will generally appear ok on most online forums, but may give problems in email forums (specifically "daily digests"), due to problems in the conversion process, depending on which online forum you are posting on. Check back for updates on this. For now, to post Yoruba messages on online forums, you may want to use characters with the tonal sign only (unless you have first "previewed" your posting at the forum site, and you know other characters will appear ok.). Just use the default (Western European (Windows) )encoding. Hotmail users: If emailing to a forum, please note that some forums' daily digests can not display emails sent in Rich Text format, so maybe just stick to "plain compose" here.

 

You will generally also have problems with this when using applications that are not fully Unicode-compatible.

 

And that's really all you need to know in order to use the ABD Yoruba keyboard! You may wish to browse the next few pages to see screen shots of the keyboard layout, FAQs, and How this works ("Behind The Scenes"). You can also download a PDF version of this tutorial.

 

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please email me.  Ẹṣé o!   

                                    

 

 

 

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