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2017-05-04 14:00:11.360
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Amharic Keyboard Android › RE: Amharic Keyboard Android   2017-05-12 17:55:21.847
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
Thanks for letting us know about the Amharic keyboard problem -- we've now fixed that!

We have noted the issue with the Spacebar and Enter keys on external keyboards and will be investigating that in order to fix it.
Amharic Keyboard Android › Amharic Keyboard Android   2017-05-11 06:04:19.013
Amharic Keyboard android
It is nice to have Keyman on my android device. Thank you for all the hardwork you putted in. 

Just to mention some problems I have encountered.

 I have been unable to download the Amharic keyboard. It always says downloading keyboard failed.

When it comes to using external keyboards, When I change it to Tigrinya, the spacebar and Enter keys do not work. The enter key does not work on English Keyboard too.You have to use the virtual keyboard to use those keys.

Thank you for all your support.


Angle brackets on mobile › RE: Angle brackets on mobile   2017-05-04 20:17:34.513
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
I believe the < and > are in the longpress menu under the [ and ] keys on the punctuation layer. A bit buried, but still accessible with some effort. :)

The / could be added to the period key, yes. That would be a sensible addition. I'll put that in as a feature request.
Relinquishing control on Android › RE: Relinquishing control on Android   2017-05-04 20:14:35.703
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
From what I understand of how Android keyboards work, you can only select one system at a time, unlike iOS, where each keyboard is in a global list. Thus, you have to switch the keyboard system, which can be done from the Quick Settings on most phones.

However, I am not 100% sure if this is the only solution!
Adinkra Alphabet Keyboard › RE: Adinkra Alphabet Keyboard   2017-05-04 14:00:11.360
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
Hi Charles,

We are now accepting keyboard submissions through our GitHub repository, following the documentation online at
Adinkra Alphabet Keyboard › Adinkra Alphabet Keyboard   2017-05-04 11:35:10.727
Charles Korankye
Wanted to find out when my newly developed Adinkra Alphabet Keyboard will be published. Thank you.
Angle brackets on mobile › Angle brackets on mobile   2017-05-02 01:41:39.227
As title. The symbols < and > are missing from EuroLatin2, so I need to switch to Polytonic Greek to type them. They're important in HTML and XML for forming tags, in many programming languages for comparison, and on Reddit for making quotes. And especially given that second one, their general use in math, it seems like a very odd pair of symbols to be missing.

On a related note, can the backslash / be added to the period key? It's frequently used in URLs.
Relinquishing control on Android › Relinquishing control on Android   2017-05-02 01:37:35.093
I recently moved from iOS to Android, and noticed a feature missing on Android. On iOS, there was an option to send control back to the system keyboard, but there isn't on Android. This wouldn't normally be an issue, since the EuroLatin2 keyboard is more extensive than the system keyboard. But I'm also learning Japanese, which isn't supported in Keyman, so I need to switch back to Android for that. (And on a less serious note, I'm also fond of Bitmoji and similarly can't switch to that keyboard without deactivating Keyman)
Shift Key not releasing Issue › RE: Shift Key not releasing Issue   2017-04-01 20:38:57.513
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
OK; I don't have an immediate solution to the issue. I've logged this as something to investigate and I will try and see what is going on.

There are a couple of things you can do to help.

1. Can you try and pin down when the issue happens? Is there a sequence that causes the shift key to get stuck?

2. You could record a debug log for Keyman following instructions at . The [Pause] key referenced in that KB article will not work on Keyman 9, so instead just exit Keyman before zipping up the log file. If you take note of exactly what you had typed just before the problem happened, that'll help to track it down in the logfile. Send the logfile to [email protected] and reference this forum topic.
Shift Key not releasing Issue › RE: Shift Key not releasing Issue   2017-04-01 17:01:54.413
I'm using Keyman Developer 9.0 and Keyman Desktop 9.0....
Yoruba Keyboard with Bar › RE: Yoruba Keyboard with Bar   2017-04-01 14:40:04.157
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
I am so pleased that Keyman is helping you in your work! In terms of the Yoruba with Bar, that sounds to me like a font issue, which should be resolvable on Windows by selecting a different font in your document, such as YorubaOK.

On iPhone and Android devices, it is difficult to change fonts, and we have to make do with a compromise of slightly inaccurate display such as what you have highlighted, at least until Google and Apple are willing to update their fonts to improve the display.
Shift Key not releasing Issue › RE: Shift Key not releasing Issue   2017-04-01 14:38:01.773
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
I'm glad that you are finding Keyman such a useful tool!

Which version of Keyman are you using? I can investigate the problem further; I don't have an immediate solution for the problem at present.
Word and Paratext › RE: Word and Paratext   2017-04-01 14:37:40.777
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
Carole, can you give some more details?
- Which version of Paratext?
- Which version of Word?
- Which version of Windows?
- Which language and keyboard?
- Which version of Keyman?

Or you could send us a diagnostic report following steps at which should answer most of those questions automatically.
Shift Key not releasing Issue › Shift Key not releasing Issue   2017-03-31 17:26:01.143
I have made my keyboard for gujarati typing in phonetic language and was working almost perfectly. Thanks for such a nice tool....

I am facing only one issue in that....Issue is -- when I try to type continuously then after 5 to 10 lines when I use character with a shift key it types perfect character with shift key but when I try to type next characters which are not linked with shift key then also keyman types that characters with shift key instead of typing characters normally.......means it's not releasing shift key which I pressed earlier and types next few character with shift key....this issue appears suddenly during constant typing. I don't know why it suddenly takes shift key as in pressed condition...
I tried to change 2 to 3 physical keyboards but found same issues in all...
I found one temporary solution that I need to press shift and move forward for every such instance.... However it's not a perfect solution... Please guide how can we resolve it...

Once again thanks for such a nice tool....
Yoruba Keyboard with Bar › Yoruba Keyboard with Bar   2017-03-30 04:42:23.480
Adebusola Onayemi
First of all, I wish to express my most profound gratitude for the wonderful work you have done and continue to do especially in the production of software that enables peoples of the world to use the computer in their mother language.  An enormous task indeed.
I wish to bring to your attention a needed improvement in the design of the Yoruba language keyboards. The Yoruba with Dot version is excellent and has made it possible to type the language on iPhone, iPad and Android and be viewed with all the diacritical marks intact by everyone. The Yoruba with Bar version however as currently designed is not accurate. The conventional design does not have any gap between the letters ‘e, o and s’ and the bar underneath them. The bar should also be a bit thicker. The Yoruba with Bar version is what most Yoruba language publications have commonly used over the years  because it is more esthetically pleasing on the page. An example can be viewed on where we used the YorubaOK font in a graphic format.
On a personal note, you have facilitated the use of the proprietary YorubaOK font and I thank you very much for that. I pray for continuing success in all your endeavours.
Best regards
Rev. Dr. Adebusola Onayemi
Word and Paratext › Word and Paratext   2017-03-28 01:33:49.050
Carole Swain
Why do I get different results in Paratext and Word when I key in the same characters. The results in PTX are right. The ones in Word are wrong. This affects only a small portion of my alphabet.
Double diacritics › RE: Double diacritics   2017-03-17 19:57:21.390
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
This code worked for me, apart from the + '´', as I don't have ´ on my base keyboard. I changed that to + "'" and had no problem with PUA:

'˘' + "'" > U+E801
U+E801 + 'a' > U+1EAF

*BOINK* might be more fun :)
Uploading a keyboard › RE: Uploading a keyboard   2017-03-17 19:09:25.313
Marc Durdin
Tavultesoft Staff
The situation with uploading keyboards is in flux because of the transition to SIL. So the documentation, website, and software is a bit out of sync. We are working on resolving this.

The only way now that we support uploading a keyboard for distribution through Keyman/Tavultesoft websites is through the Keyman Cloud Keyboard Repository described at

This is the way we will continue to support in the future. You are of course welcome to distribute keyboards through other means yourself, as well.
Double diacritics › Double diacritics   2017-03-16 07:44:29.873
Jukka K. Korpela
What is the best way to define how to produce letters with two diacritic marks, like ắ (letter a with breve and acute), using prefix notation?

I thought I was clever:

'˘' + '´' > U+E801
U+E801 + 'a' > U+1EAF

So I would use a Private Use character, mapping the combination of two consecutive diacritics to it, then using it as the context. But it does not work.

Using instead

'˘' + '´' > '*BOINK*'
'*BOINK*' + 'a' > U+1EAF

works, but I feel a little silly if I use that.
Uploading a keyboard › Uploading a keyboard   2017-03-16 04:35:00.917
Jukka K. Korpela
I’m puzzled with the procedure for uploading a keyboard on the Tafultesoft site. I created a package and uploaded it using Keyman Developer, and I can see it as uploaded in the “Upload keyboards” list under “My account”, but nothing seems to happen after that.

The page
describes the distribution model presented there as “deprecated” and suggests “distributing source for keyboards through the Keyman Cloud Keyboard Repository”. Does this mean that the old model (and the functionality in Keyman Developer) does not work at all?