Inscript Malayalam Keyboard Help
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This keyboard lets you type in Malayalam with the standardised Inscript layout. It is easy to use for people familiar with Malayalam, or with other Inscript keyboards. The keyboard uses a normal English (QWERTY) keyboard.
If a special font is needed for this language, most computers will download it automatically.
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Using this Keyboard
The Inscript keyboard layout was designed to make it easy to type in all Indian scripts. It uses the same layout for all languages, and has been standardised by the Government of India. There are separate keys for consonants and vowels. Most Malayalam characters have both consonant and vowel parts, and each part should be typed separately. The consonant part is always typed before the vowel, no matter where the vowel part is written.
For example, typing F will produce the vowel ഇ. If this vowel is combined with a consonant, though, such as കി, the vowel part ി is typed with f after the consonant has been typed. If you press Backspace once, only the vowel part will be erased, and you can type a different vowel.
|Language||Phrase||Meaning||Type the following keys|
|Malayalam||മലയാളം||Name of language||cn/eNx|
The On Screen Keyboard shows the 35 normal consonants ക ഖ ഗ ഘ ങ ച ഛ ജ ഝ ഞ ട ഠ ഡ ഢ ണ ത ഥ ദ ധ ന പ ഫ ബ ഭ മ യ ര ല വ ശ ഷ സ ഹ ള ഴ റ, the vowels അ ആ ഇ ഈ ഉ ഊ ഋ എ ഏ ഐ ഒ ഓ ഔ ാ ി ീ ു ൂ ൃ െ േ ൈ ൊ ോ ൌ ം ഃ, and the ് mark. There are also numbers and punctuation marks.
Malayalam vowels and consonants are usually combined, so when you type a consonant and a vowel part, they will be joined into one character. If you use the arrow keys to move through the text, you only need to press an arrow key once to move past each character. If you press Delete before (on the left of) a combined consonant and vowel, it will be erased completely, but if you press Backspace after a character, only the vowel part will be erased (even if the vowel part appears before the consonant).
Vowels and Consonants
When you type consonants and vowel parts, you should always type the consonant part first, even when the vowel part appears on the left of the consonant. If you type any of the independent vowels, they will not be combined with consonants.
All the consonants naturally include the vowel sound അ, so if you want to produce a consonant with no vowel, you need to add the ് mark. You can do this by typing d right after typing a consonant. After you have typed the ് mark, you cannot type a vowel to combine with that consonant.
Malayalam includes many combined consonants, and these are not on the keyboard. To type a combined consonant, type the first consonant, then the ് mark, then the second consonant. The computer will then combine the two consonants into a single combined character. For example, typing kdk produces the combined consonant ക്ക.
In the following table you can see examples of how to type the different vowels with the consonant ക. For a table of all the normal Malayalam characters and how to type them, click here.
If you see squares when you type, or the Malayalam characters do not appear correctly, please read the KeymanWeb troubleshooting guide.
If a vowel does not combine with a consonant, make sure you have typed the consonant first. Also check that you have not typed another vowel already, or a standalone vowel, or the ് mark.
Related Keyboard Layouts
Other Keyboard Layouts for the Malayalam language:
Other Internet Resources
It is recommended that you use an English QWERTY hardware keyboard with this keyboard.
This keyboard complies with Unicode 5.1
Tavultesoft gratefully acknowledges the contribution made by the authors in developing this keyboard and making it freely available for use with Keyman Desktop and KeymanWeb. Their effort assists in enabling people to communicate in their own language.
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