[Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Academie francaise

Thomas Leigh callanish at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 10:44:55 GMT 2011

I've made my own keyboard layouts in both Windows and Linux which give
me not only dead keys for diacritics such as the acute, diaeresis,
etc. which do not replace punctuation (if the dead keys on this
Spanish keyboard are to the right of p and l, how does one type [ and
; ?) but also additional punctuation that is otherwise unavailable
without resorting to ALT-codes or having to scroll through "inset
symbol" drop down menus, such as em dashes and proper apostrophes
(word processing programs tend to either force one to use "smart"
quotes, which automatically turn initial apostrophes into open single
quotes, which wreaks havoc when typing Gaelic for example, or to use
"straight quotes" which are acceptable in email and such but not in
printed material). Mine are naturally based on the US keyboard layout,
but it would be a simple matter to adapt them for the UK layout, or to
make a specifically Cornish version (which could use, for example,
right alt + e for ë and right alt + y for ÿ, or whatever).

I was very pleased to see Christian mention Open/Libre Office and
Ubuntu. I don't know how many people involved in Cornish use Linux, so
this might be arguably a pointless exercise, but I would love to see
open source software localised into Cornish. Doing so would expand the
technical vocabulary of Cornish as well — there hasn't been much done
in terms of developing lexicon relating to information technology, has


On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 5:08 AM, Hewitt, Stephen <s.hewitt at unesco.org> wrote:
> This works in all of them.
> In Windows XP: go to:
> Control Panel
> Regional and Language Options / Customize / Text Services and Input
> Languages / Details / Add / Input Language: select Spanish
> (International Sort) and confirm
> You can have as many input languages as you like - you then get a little
> button on the toolbar at the bottom of the page so you can switch easily
> between EN (English) and ES (espagnol = Spanish).
> Best,
> Steve
> -----Original Message-----
> From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net
> [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
> Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 11:00 AM
> To: Standard Cornish discussion list
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Academie francaise
> On 31 Jan 2011, at 09:12, Hewitt, Stephen wrote:
>> There's a much simpler way of entering diacritics.
> Steve, could you please specify whether you are using Windows XP or
> Vista or 7 or whether this works on all of them?
>> Simply install the Spanish (International Sort) keyboard instead of
> English (UK or US). The Spanish keyboard is QWERTY, so the same as
> English, with two dead keys, one to the immediate right of P, the other
> two keys to the right of L, with respectively (+Shift first)circumflex,
> grave, diaraesis and accute accents. You simply type the dead key before
> the vowel, and hey presto.
>> This is what is used by English-language typists in international
> organizations (UN, EU) in order to be able to write French, Spanish,
> etc. names easily. Your physical keyboad doesn't need to change, only
> the keyboard installed in your word processing program.
>> Steve Hewitt
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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