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Kwak̕wala (deprecated) Keyboard Help

This keyboard is designed for the Kwak̕wala language of the BC Coast region of Canada.

If square boxes are displayed instead of characters when using this keyboard (and in the keyboard layouts below), please read our troubleshooting guide.

Keyboard Layout

  • The special Characters of Kwak̕wala have been assigned to various punctuation keys
  • All accents are typed after the base character: is typed a then semicolon ;
  • To type the glottalized accent when it appears over a single letter use the slash key /
    is typed k then /
  • To type the glottalized accent when it appears between two letters use the right bracket key ]
    k̕w is typed k then ] then w
  • To type the underline accent use the semicolon key ;
    is typed k then ;
  • To type the slash-ł use the left bracket key ]
  • All changed punctuation can type their original value by holding down the Right-Alt or Option key. To get the original value of the left-bracket [ type Right-Alt+Left-Bracket (Windows) Option+Left-Bracket (Mac).
    • Opening and closing quotes. For Mac users, Right-Alt is either of the Option Keys.
    • single: ‘ Backquote — ’ Shift+Right Bracket
    • double: “ Shift+Hyphen — ” Shift+Equals
    • single ‹ Right-Alt+Shift+9 — › Right-Alt+Shift+0
    • double « Right-Alt+9 — » Right-Alt+0

Unicode Fonts

The following fonts have been installed on your computer: Aboriginal Sans, Aboriginal Serif. Please use these fonts when typing in your language as they have been specially built to represent your language as accurately as possible.


Download a pdf of the Kwak̕wala Keylayout Map

Download the latest version of Aboriginal Sans and Aboriginal Serif

Notes on touch layout

wełt t̓ t̕ł t̕syuiop p̓
asdghḵ ḵ̓ ḵ̕wk k̓ k̕wl' "
  • keys with a red background are combining accents.
  • the first character in a cell is the "one-tap" key, any further characters are "hold-select" keys.

Keyboard Layout

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