Friday, October 26, 2007

OS X 10.5 Leopard: New Keyboards and IM's

After installing Leopard, I found the following totally new keyboards: Tibetan (3 options), Jawi, Kazakh, and Uighur. There is no Kurdish layout, although this language is mentioned as being supported in Apple's Leopard "new features" page.

Other new keyboards which add options to what was already available in Tiger are: Traditional Chinese Zhuyin, Vietnamese Unikey (4 options), Arabic PC, Russian PC, Persian QWERTY, Sami PC, Norwegian Sami PC, and Swedish Sami PC . Traditional Chinese Pinyin is reportedly a totally new version of what went by the same name in 10.4.

Here is the total list for Leopard (an asterix indicates multiple options): Arabic*, Azeri, Armenian*, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Bulgarian*, Byelorussian, Canadian French, Cherokee*, Chinese (simplified and traditional)*, Croatian, Czech*, Danish, Dari, Devanagari*, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish*, French*, German, Greek (regular and polytonic), Gujarati*, Gurmurkhi (Punjabi)*, Hawaiian, Hebrew*, Hungarian, Icelandic, Inuktitut*, Irish*, Italian*, Japanese*, Jawi, Kazakh, Korean*, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Maori, Nepali, Norwegian*, Pashto, Persian*, Polish*, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian*, Sami*, Serbian*, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish*, Swedish*, Swiss (French and German), Tamil*, Thai*, Tibetan*, Turkish*, Uighur, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese*, and Welsh. Plus Character Palette, Japanese Kana Palette, Keyboard Viewer, Dvorak*, US Extended, and Unicode Hex.

8 comments:

Bob said...

I don't see the Uzbek keyboard in Leopard. Do you see it in your system preferences?

Tom Gewecke said...

I think it's listed there as Afghan Uzbek. Sorry if my list is misleading.

Bob said...

I see it now. Uzbek has three scripts that I'm aware of, latin, cyrillic, and modified Arabic (Afgan). I'm looking for a cyrillic keyboard.

Tom Gewecke said...

There is one here:

http://homepage.mac.com/thgewecke/tckbs.html

Bob said...

I've got a Uighur QWERTY keyboard if you want to post it.

Tom Gewecke said...

Thanks! You can send it to tom at bluesky dot org

bee jay said...

I have two questions...

1) Is the Uzbek layout you linked to above, Tom, the standard one used by Uzbeks in Uzbekistan?

2) Is it possible to make one's own cyrillic keyboard layout? I'm wondering about just making a keyboard that works best for me?

BJ

Tom Gewecke said...

Sorry, I have no info regarding layouts used in Uzbekistan. It is very easy to make your own layout with Ukelele:

http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=ukelele