Wogb3 j3k3: Pre-Unicode substitutions for extended characters live on

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Tue Oct 11 11:48:00 CDT 2016

Don Osborn wrote:

> What are the possibilities of extended keyboard options on mobile
> devices for extended Latin characters to facilitate multilingual text
> composition? What is current thinking / practice wrt expanding virtual
> keyboards? 
> This gets beyond Unicode proper to ISO/IEC 9995 and perhaps ISO/IEC
> 14755, so may be beyond the scope of the list. Any responses off-list
> I can summarize if of wider interest. 

You mentioned mobile devices, but also mentioned ISO/IEC 9995 and 14755,
which seem to deal primarily with computer keyboards.

On Windows, John Cowan's Moby Latin keyboard [1] allows the input of
more than 800 non-ASCII characters, including the two mentioned in your
post (ɛ and ɔ):

AltGr+p, o              0254    LATIN SMALL LETTER OPEN O
AltGr+p, e              025B    LATIN SMALL LETTER OPEN E

Moby Latin is a strict superset of the standard U.S. English keyboard;
that is, none of the standard keystrokes were redefined, unlike
keyboards such as United States-International which tend to redefine
keys for ASCII characters that look like diacritical marks, making
adoption difficult. There are also versions of Moby based on the
standard U.K. keyboard.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US | ewellic.org

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