Friday, August 13, 2010

Adding Slovak and Czech Characters

Learning a new keyboard layout is relatively easy. Easier than what most people may feel about it. The important question is in why learning a new keyboard layout on a language that extends the Latin alphabet? Instead, I have added support for Slovak and Czech alphabets on my existing keyboard layout — which already supports several other languages.

Microsoft offers a small .NET utility named Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MKLC) allowing us to create new keyboard layouts on the fly using a visual editor. An installer is created from a successful keyboard layout of your own. The only shortcoming comes when one has to update an existing keyboard layout because it requires to uninstall, reboot and install the new version.

Read my previous article on Keyboard Layout Awareness.

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