Keyboard vocabulary

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When an XO key is pressed, the key or character could be spoken aloud. This might make a nice activity, and a perhaps a resource for other activities. Creating it would require word lists describing the keyboards, recorded as with Shtooka Project. This page is for the creation of such word lists and audio sets.

Category:Keyboard has pictures of XO keyboards.

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OLPC keyboard layouts

Instructions for setting up keyboard switching in Terminal are on the Customizing NAND images page. On bilingual XOs, the multiplication/division key is replaced with a keyboard switching key.

Changing the language of the keyboard is independent of changing the language currently displayed. The language currently displayed can be changed by using the Language section of the Sugar Control Panel.

Membrane keyboard layouts

English (US international); Spanish (Latin America); Portuguese (Brazilian); Amharic (Ethiopic); Arabic; Nigerian (Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba); French; Thai; Urdu; Cyrillic (Russian); Turkish; Nepali; Mongolian; Kazakh; Devanagari; Uzbek; Pashto; Dari; Armenian; Khmer; Pulaar; Italian; KreyĆ²l; German; Chinese (Simplified); OLPC AZERTY

Non-membrane keyboard layouts

Starting with the XO-1.5 HS ("High School") edition, the XO laptop has a traditional (non-membrane) keyboard available as an option: English (US International); Spanish (Latin America);

Blank Keyboard Artwork

Artwork defining the inner dimensions of the membrane keyboard is available here: keyboard-blank.svg



A first rough draft of an english word/phrase list is:

key
character
letter
number
punctuation
press
release
is pressed
up
down
a b c d...z
0 1 ...9
upper case
lower case
shift
left shift
right shift
control (ctrl)
function (fn)
alt
alt graph (alt gr)
grab
erase
enter
space
tab
backtab (?)
page up
page down
home
end
up arrow
down arrow
left arrow
right arrow
up
down
left
right
divided by
times

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuation

tilde
backquote / backtick
exclamation point
at / at sign
number sign
dollar
percent
hat / circumflex
ampersand / and
asterisk / star
parenthesis / parentheses
paren / parens (?)
bracket / brackets
brace
open / close / left / right
round / square / box / curly / angle
open parenthesis
close parenthesis
open square bracket
close square bracket
open curly bracket
close curly bracket
open angle bracket
close angle bracket
underscore
dash
plus
equals
colon
semicolon
double quote
single quote
vertical bar
backslash
comma
period

What you can help with:

  • Improve the word/phrase list above.
  • Translate it into other languages. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuation in other languages may help.
  • Look at the keyboard image of a language you know, and write down what the keys and characters are called.
  • If you are a native speaker of some language, use something like Shtooka Project's Recorder software to record the word list. Simply recording a-z, for latin languages, would be a big help.
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