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Keyboards & Glossaries

Alphabetic Keyboard Entry

Alphabetic keyboard entry displays and enters a character each time an alphabetic key is pressed. Examples are the English, notes, bpmf (bopomofo), hiragana, katakana, radical(D- - 6), and stroke(D- - 7) input modes. The romaji and pinyin input modes use translation rules to convert romanization to alphabetic types, if desired. Alphabetic input modes use an alphabetic font(4- 13) and a corresponding keyboard definition(4- 6).

Keyboard Definition

A keyboard definition (or keyboard) maps each key to a symbol in an alphabetic font(4- 13). In the United States, PCs generally use the US English keyboard definition (e.g. the `A' key produces an `A'). European countries that use special characters require European keyboards and code pages(D- - 2). Asian languages have their own keyboard definitions that completely re-map the keyboard into alphabetic or other symbols appropriate to their language. See Alphabetic Text Entry(4- 4).

Macro Keyboard

Smart Characters can support any keyboard mapping(D- - 5), and display any alphabetic font(4- 13). Keyboards can be simple, as in the 8 key ISENS stroke(D- - 7) keyboard, or complex, as in the translating kana, pinyin, or bopomofo macro(D- - 5) keyboards. Macro keyboard definition(4- 6) files contain simple macros to translate romanized text into native alphabets. To add group or company wide text entry macros to a keyboard, cut and paste existing dynamic glossary(4- 6) macros into the appropriate macro keyboard, and distribute (or "publish") the keyboard.

Dynamic Glossary

You can create and use macros(D- - 5) to translate abbreviations into words, phrases, or even sentences. Such a collection of text entry macros is called a glossary(D- - 4). Like a dictionary(D- - 3), a glossary entry consists of a key (usually an abbreviation) and a definition. When you type the key, Smart Characters dynamically (automatically) substitutes the definition. To create a new glossary entry, select some text, then select the Keyboard Add Selection to Glossary(3- 28) command. See Dynamic Glossary Window(4- 4).

Glossary Capacity

Smart Characters glossaries are linked to and can be used in any input mode that uses a macro keyboard(4- 6). Romaji, kana, pinyin, bopomofo, and stroke(D- - 7) input modes use macro keyboards, while notes and English typically do not. Glossaries can hold up to 1000 items. You can create or modify your own keyboard definitions(4- 6) and glossaries, which have identical formats. See Keyboard Definition Format(12- 4).

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