Mapping keyboard for real Tengwar usage
Re: Keyboard usage as a inspiration for words/changes
Sun, 17 Feb 2002 20:08:06 +0100
"Ewout Stam" <teraiten@...>
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Richard Rogers heeft geschreven in bericht
>On Sat, 16 Feb 2002 16:43:46 -0900, Michael Adams <Abrigon@...>Doesn't Windows already have drivers for Dvorak? It's a pity actually
>>I have noticed that as I type, that some words I don't like,
>>or words I have started to use more often, as well as create
>>new words, namely cause typing the other words/normal word
>>is a nit hard on the hands/wrists cause of the need to move
>>all over the keyboard.
>I've been a Windows user most of my PC life. But recently I started
>plunging into Linux. One of the first things I ran across was the
>ability to completely remap the keyboard. I pulled all my keycaps off
>and made a Dvorak keyboard.
most set standards aren't the best standards. Qwerty sux, but if I want
be able to type quickly at other computers than at home, I will still
to know Qwerty, Dvorak won't help there (you can't install new
keyboard-drivers on a protected network system).
>Pretty cool. I suspect it would beI was just talking about this in the Read_Alphabet group at
>possible to remap a keyboard for any "conscript". Damned if I want to
>try Tengwar though. <g>
Here is a quote from my message:
"Dr. Berlin http://user.dtcc.edu/~berlin/ hosts a lot of foreign fonts
such, and while I was messing around with Arabic, I discovered this
program that you can download at:
Arabic letters change shape depending on their position in a word. The
Keyman program (running on windows 3.11, in my case, I don't know about
other windows versions) changes these letter shapes automatically. It
also be used to create keyboard drivers for say, French wich allows easy
insertion of cicumflexed, umlauted and accented letters. It simply
the letters on the screen based on the just typed character AND the
characters before it."
Creating Tengwar will be possible, but you will only have to program the
driver first. It's not too hard though. But all the required characters
have to be inside one single font file.
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On Mon, 25 Feb 2002, Michael Adams wrote:
> "Dr. Berlin http://user.dtcc.edu/~berlin/ hosts a lot of foreign fonts
> such, and while I was messing around with Arabic, I discovered this
> program that you can download at:
The newest version (5.0) is available from www.tavultesoft.com.
> Arabic letters change shape depending on their position in a word. The
> Keyman program (running on windows 3.11, in my case, I don't know about
> other windows versions) changes these letter shapes automatically. It
> also be used to create keyboard drivers for say, French wich allows easy
> insertion of cicumflexed, umlauted and accented letters. It simply
> the letters on the screen based on the just typed character AND the
> characters before it."
> Creating Tengwar will be possible, but you will only have to program the
> driver first. It's not too hard though. But all the required characters
> have to be inside one single font file.
Well, all the required characters *are* in Dan Smith's font files,
although some of them are hard to type because they have high ascii
numbers (or ansi, I'm not sure).
I *did* create a driver for Keyman 5.0, both for Quenya and for
Sindarin/English. I think the Quenya driver is OK, since I actually took
the time to learn Quenya. The Sindarin/English one is not very accurate,
but at least it shows how to get the tehtar right in such languages.
The drivers/keyboards are available from www.ai.rug.nl/~flobbe/tengwar. If
you have any questionw on how to use them or what my code means, please
ask. There are some copyright issues about Keyman 5.0 I don't like, but I
think it's far better than the 3.2 version. Otherwise, it should be
possible to downgrade the source code.