I wanted to share with you a keyboard layout I designed to type Yoruba on Mac computers. I tried to keep it as close as possible to the regular keyboard layout I use for English so as to avoid having to constantly switch keyboards – which I already do enough of between English and French…
Here is how it works:
- All the keys remain the same as on the regular U.S. keyboard
- To add a dot under e, s, and o: ALT + letter (eg ALT + o to type ọ).
- Capital s, e or o with dot: SHIFT + ALT + letter
- High tone (mi): ALT + h
- Low tone (do): ALT + l
Tone marks are inserted after the letter.
You can download the keyboard layout here. All you need to do is to drop it into Library > Keyboard Layouts and select it in your language & text preference window.
I used Ukelele which was developed by John Brownie (SIL). If you’re looking to create a keyboard layout, I definitely recommend this software. It’s easy to use and comes with a comprehensive user’s manual, not to mention the fantastic support provided by the users’ community. I was a bit sad not to have another upcoming keyboard layout project 😉
Let me know what you think! I hope you’ll have as much fun typing as I did designing this keyboard layout.