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Fonts and keyboards

This page collects keyboard layouts and fonts I designed that can be used by Slavists but also other linguists in their work.

All this software is offered to use, share, and improve under the CC-by-sa license.

Cyrillic keyboard layouts: Slavonic

These keyboards are designed for writing all Slavic languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet, including Church Slavonic with all special characters needed even for non-standard texts.

So far, only a Russian version has been finished, i.e. a Slavonic keyboard based on the Russian standard keyboard layout.

Glagolitic keyboard

This Glagolitic keyboard is based on the Croatian/Serbian mapping of the Latin/Cyrillic letters to the keyboard. Using the <AltGr> (or <Ctrl> + <Alt>) key, all the Glagolitic letters in Unicode can be accessed, as well as diacritics and special punctuation marks used in Glagolitic texts.

It depends on the font used whether round or angular Glagolitic characters appear on the screen and the paper. For your convenience, the layout images below show the keyboard in both versions.

Glagolica Missal DB

Glagolica Missal DB is a Unicode OpenType font for Angular Glagolitic based on  Glagolica Missal DPG by Nenad Hančić-Matejić. In contrast to the predecessor, all the Glagolitic letters are assigned their designated Unicode positions; the font contains Glagolitic superscript letters and several additional ligatures as well as the letters for đ, , lj, nj proposed by Frane Paro; and ligatures are created automatically using the OpenType feature “ligatures”; additionally, the OpenType feature “old-style figures” can be used to automatically display numbers as Glagolitic numbers.

Greek Polytonic: one key per diacritic

This keyboard is based on the Greek Polytonic standard keyboard. However, rather than using separate dead keys for all occurring combinations of diacritics (one key for asper + acute, one key for lenis + circumflex + iota subscript, etc.), which I never managed to memorize, it allows combining the standard deadkeys for single diacritics. That is, in order to enter ᾦ, you first push the three separate dead keys for lenis, circumflex, and iota subscript (in any order) and then the key vor ω. Additionally, this approached freed space on the keyboard for a lot of useful characters that cannot be typed using the standard polytonic keyboard.

License

All the fonts and keyboard layouts here are published under the Creative Commons attribution share-alike license (version 4.0; cc-by-sa). They are therefore free to share and distribute as long as you acknowledge me (Daniel Bunčić) as well as previous authors, where such are mentioned. You may also improve the software and distribute the result as long as you acknowledge my (and other people’s) previous work and share the result under the same conditions.

The keyboard layouts were created using KbdEdit Premium by Ivica Nikolić.

The fonts were created using FontLab Studio 5.