Chapter 2: It’s your keyboard!

The keyboard seems like a simple device. But the letters written on your physical keyboard do not always correspond to what appears on your screen when you press them: it is a question of mapping the physical keys to characters using something called keyboard layouts. We will see in this chapter how you can use different keyboard layouts for different languages and we will also look at other ways to enter text than just the keyboard.

You can read the chapter in Irish in the printed book »

Chapter contents

  • The keyboard
  • How to change your keyboard layout
    • Language and keyboard
  • How to type on different keyboard layouts
    • Irish
    • English
    • Other languages
  • How many keystrokes do you need to type one character?
  • Symbols not on the keyboard
    • Character pickers
    • Numeric codes
Book cover
An Ríomhaire Ilteangach
Michal Boleslav Měchura
145 pages
Cois Life 2017
ISBN 978-1-907494-70-3
Note. Although this website is bilingual in Irish and English, the book itself is in Irish only.