C H I L D E S IPA Character Entry

One Mac OS X, if you want to use IPA characters, install the IPA Palette system provided by Brian Hall. After installation, turn on IPAPalette in Language and Text Preferences. Then you can select "Show IPA Palette" from the "Flag" menu. For keystroke character entry, IPAPalette can be combined with the IPA Keys keyboard IPA Keys keyboard which you install in /Library/Keyboard Layouts. Then, inside IPAPalette, under the Settings Tab, you check "use keyboard layout". You can also get the free CharisSIL proportional-width fonts designed specifically for IPA characters.

On Windows, It is also possible to enter IPA into Unicode CHAT files on Windows. To do this, you should install the Tavultesoft Keyman program and the IPA Unicode keyboard developed by Martin Hosken at the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). The SIL IPAUnicode keyboard, Keyman, and instructions are in this package. Here are a few comments about this system and its installation. After installing Keyman and setting up Icelandic for Office and Windows, remember to restart. After restarting, you can open a new CLAN file. Then set your language to Icelandic and make sure that you have the curly "n" (engma) displayed on the KeyMan icon in your System Tray. Make sure you make these settings after opening your CLAN file. To test the installation, just type a few letters followed by the equals sign, such as f= and s= You should see that, after typing the equals sign (=) the previous character converts to IPA. To learn the full keyboard system, you need to rely on the IPA table in the release notes. To read this table, note that each symbol has the keystrokes to its left. For example, t{ produces the dental t, n< produces engma and so forth.