July 28th, 2004

magma

Unicode keyboard (in progress)

I've been working on a "US Unicode" keymap off and on lately. It should be more "off" than "on"; MS Keyboard Layout Creator seems to have become my procrastination tool of choice aside from the Internet. Anyway, it's not done, but it seems to be shaping up nicely. It's a lot more ad hoc than my US Latin-1 keymap; instead of being designed to make characters from a well-defined, limited charset easily accessible, it's just meant to make a bunch of characters from the Unicode repertoire that I thought would be handy or just nifty usable.

Although I'm calling it "US Unicode", it obviously doesn't (and won't) contain the entire Unicode repertoire. That'd be impossible in a simple keymap. Instead, it provides a bunch of (mostly non-decomposable) characters from the Unicode Latin ranges, the more common Combining Diacritical Marks (not including some of the IPA diacritics and particularly obscure ones), plus some General Punctuation, and a smattering of Greek, Mathematical Symbols, Arrows, and other stuff. The repertoire should, I believe, cover all of the characters necessary to write the languages covered by the ISO Latin charsets (but using combining diacritics instead of precomposed accented characters) plus Vietnamese, and more.

If you see anything that doesn't make sense, or doesn't seem like a good idea, or if you just have any ideas, please tell me. More than the Latin-1 keymap, this one is "just for fun", but I still want it to be handy.

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This has got to be one of the geekiest hobbies ever devised, bar none.