Sunday, November 20, 2011

Typing made easier for six languages

The #MediaWiki Narayam extension provides keyboard mapping. This means that when you have an International keyboard the keystrokes will be mapped to what it would be on a keyboard with another layout. This is a great help when you can type blind.

The Mumbai Hackathon has provided us with new keyboard methods for Urdu, Panjabi, Gujarati, Bodo, German and Marathi. All these keyboard methods are available now for testing in

Photo Victor Vigras
These keyboard methods are a step towards making it as easy to use MediaWiki in these languages as it is to use MediaWiki in English. This challenge is one for the Localisation team. The challenge to enhance the usability for English is outside its remit; this is what all the other developers are working on but keeping up with their good work will keep the team occupied.

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