<html> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=unicode"> <head> <br><br> <div align="center"> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1336988955292468"; /* zAFPImages728x90 */ google_ad_slot = "7516804197"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //--> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script> <br><br> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1336988955292468"; /* Yoruba Jobs USA (3Links) */ google_ad_slot = "3434279410"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 15; //--> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script> </div> <br><br> <div style> &nbsp;<div> <p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <b><font color="#999999"> <span style="font-family: 'Tempus Sans ITC'; font-size: 10pt; "> <a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut1.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "> <font color="#999999">Features</font></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut3.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "><font color="#999999">&nbsp;Summary</font></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut4.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><font color="#999999">Installation</font></a><a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut5.htm" style="text-decoration: none; ">&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut5.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "><font color="#999999"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>Usage&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font></a><a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut6.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "><font color="#999999">Screen Shots&nbsp;</font></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut7.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "><font color="#999999">FAQs&nbsp;</font></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut8.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "><font color="#999999">Behind The Scenes&nbsp;</font></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut9.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "><font color="#999999">Reference</font></a></span></font></b><a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut9.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "><font size="2" color="#999999" face="Tempus Sans ITC">s</font></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; "> <a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Images/bkbd.jpg"> <img border="2" src="http://www.africanportal.net/Images/bkbd_small.jpg" xthumbnail-orig-image="http://www.africanportal.net/Images/bkbd.jpg" align="left" width="100" height="75"></a></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font color="#003399"><span style="font-size: 15pt; "><b> <span style="font-family: 'Tempus Sans ITC'; ">ABD YORUBA KEYBOARD&nbsp; - Behind the Scenes</span></b></span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">The ABD Yoruba keyboard layout was made using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. ABD Yoruba is based on Microsoft&#39;s English (United States) keyboard layout.</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">There are different ways of representing each Yoruba character. Code points for different Yoruba characters were entered on the relevant keys, using Unicode Code Charts as a reference. I tried to make the Yoruba keyboard layout very easy to use, without compromising the conventional use of the English keyboard. I decided to leave the English keyboard layout pretty much intact (only changed the Tilde key a little bit - for ALL tonal signs), and then use the Right Alt key for basically all Yoruba characters, so users wouldn&#39;t have to remember lots of different key strokes/combinations. As you saw, I also placed variations of each character very close to the (English) character, in order to make usage as intuitive as possible.</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">Dead key combinations are used to put signs/diacritics (do, mi, ~)&nbsp; on top of vowels, using a single key - The tilde key.&nbsp; So, pressing a dead key once, followed by the vowel, will mark the vowel with the sign. e.g. pressing the tilde key followed by<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">u</font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; "><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>will produce<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; "></font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">; pressing Shift + Tilde key followed by<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">e</font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; "><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>will produce<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; "></font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">, and pressing Alt + Tilde key&nbsp; followed by<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">a</font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; "><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>will produce<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; "></font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">. As an alternative, users may also use only the Right Alt key for all combinations - e.g. Right Alt + each of<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">q,w,e,r,t<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">will produce<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">#,#,,,</font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; "><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>respectively.</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">Pressing a dead key followed by the space bar, or pressing a dead key twice, will produce the actual diacritic ( the ASCII character). E.g. pressing the Tilde Key followed by space bar gives&quot; `&quot;;&nbsp; pressing the&nbsp; tilde key twice will give<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">&quot;``&quot;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">, and pressing Right Alt + Tilde twice will give<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">&quot;~~&quot;</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <br><br> <div align="center"> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1336988955292468"; /* zAFPImages728x90 */ google_ad_slot = "7516804197"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //--> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script> <br><br> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1336988955292468"; /* Yoruba Jobs USA (3Links) */ google_ad_slot = "3434279410"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 15; //--> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script> </div> <br><br> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">Examples of Code Points used</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">U+0060 = grave accent = do sign<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">(`)</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">U+00B4 = acute accent = mi sign</font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">()</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">U+00F2 = lower case o with do sign =<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; "></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">U+00C1 = capital A with mi sign =<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; "></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">U+1EB9= lower case dotted e =<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; ">&nbsp; </font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">U+1E62 = upper case dotted S =</font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; "><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>b</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">U+ 00FA = lower case u with mi sign =<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial Unicode MS" style="font-size: 11pt; "></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC"><span style="font-size: 11pt; ">The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator is available to all Windows 2000 &amp; up users for free. You can install it on your computer if you really want to play around with your own keyboard layout. It&#39;s actually not very difficult.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; ">See the Reference Page (Next) for links to&nbsp; the Unicode Code Charts and the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.</font><font face="Tempus Sans ITC"><span style="font-size: 11pt; ">.</span></font></p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; ">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" align="right" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" color="#000000" style="font-size: 11pt; "> <a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut9.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "> <font color="#000000"> <img border="0" src="http://www.africanportal.net/Images/righthandarr.gif" width="32" height="17"></font><b><font color="#000000">NEXT - References</font></b></a></font></p> <p align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; ">&nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; "> <font face="Tempus Sans ITC" style="font-size: 11pt; "> <a href="http://www.africanportal.net/Publications/ABD/mktut7.htm" style="text-decoration: none; "> <font color="#000000"> <img border="0" src="http://www.africanportal.net/Images/lefthandarr.gif" width="32" height="17"><b>PREVIOUS -FAQs</b></font></a></font></div> <br><br> <div align="center"> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1336988955292468"; /* zAFPImages728x90 */ google_ad_slot = "7516804197"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 90; //--> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script> <br><br> <script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1336988955292468"; /* Yoruba Jobs USA (3Links) */ google_ad_slot = "3434279410"; google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_height = 15; //--> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script> </div> <br><br> <p align="center" style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"><b> <font face="Felix Titling" color="#001999">Copyright AFRICAN PORTAL.</font><font face="Felix Titling" style="font-size: 12pt" color="#001999"> ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.&nbsp; </font></b></p> <p align="center" style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0"> <font face="Felix Titling" color="#001999"> <a href="http://www.africanportal.net" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Home</font></a>&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.africanportal.net/privacy" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Privacy </font></a></font>&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.africanportal.net/ABO/BibeliAtoka" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Yoruba Bible</font></a></font>&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.africanportal.net/yoruba-jobs-usa" target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF">Yoruba Jobs</font></a></font>&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="mailto:admin@africanportal.net?subject=African Portal-Inquiry"><font color="#0000FF" face="Felix Titling">Contact</font></a> </p>