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Begin forwarded message: > From: "Charles.BECKER" <Charles.Becker@ird.sn> > Date: Sat May 17, 2003 7:11:59 PM Asia/Tokyo > To: H-WEST-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU > Subject: Request for feedback - Ajami & tablet keyboards > Reply-To: H-Net Discussion List on History and Study of West Africa > <H-WEST-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> > > From: "Don Osborn" <email@example.com> > Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 10:19:05 +0200 > > > In an effort to design an input method for Ajami as well as > Latin-based characters for African countries whose indigenous > languages have Arabic-based orthographies (usually in addition to a > more recent Latin-based orthographies), I've been in communication > with Lee Pearce of Large Format Computing, Inc. about designs of > layouts for graphics tablet keyboards. Such are not intended to > replace traditional keyboards, of course, but to offer an additional > way to input data. > > Lee has put together a couple of layouts, one built on the French > AZERTY arrangement with added extended Latin characters identified as > being used in African languages of Francophone countries, and a set of > Arabic characters, and the other the same for countries where English > is the official language (beginning with the QWERTY arrangement): > * Africa (Anglophone) Ver. 2003-4-24 with Arabic characters - > http://www.bisharat.net/A12N/Projects/AfricaTabletKeyboard2Ar.htm > * Afrique (Francophone) Ver. 2003-4-24 avec caractères arabes - > http://www.bisharat.net/A12N/Projects/AfriqueTabletKeyboard2Ar.htm > > There are several issues that arise with these from the point of view > of Ajami/Arabic-based input, not the least of which are availability > of Unicode fonts with African Ajami characters and the variability of > the orthographies themselves. But with those limitations in mind, it > would seem possible to set up something that does as much as possible > with exiting knowledge & resources. > > To that end, we'd be interested in any advice on the choice of > additional characters and diacritics to add (e.g., the dot-under fa, > imala [heavy dot under] for e, damma with dot for o, ...). The > graphics tablet has a fair amount of characters, but the space is > limited, so we are ultimately faced with determining what is really > necessary for the areas covered by each keyboard. Comments on the > optimal arrangement of the Arabic characters would also be helpful. > > Please respond directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and Lee at > email@example.com (cc to firstname.lastname@example.org if you > wish). > > Thank you in advance ... > > Don Osborn > Bisharat.net >