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Postmodern English US Natural Keyboard Help

This is a Postmodern English keyboard with a typical United States key layout, and in the "Natural" Postmodern English style (as opposed to the DualStroke style). The Postmodern English project is an open source, community-driven effort to build dictionaries around all the major accents of the English language. In itself, Postmodern English is a refactor of how English writing functions, which focuses on making it as phonetic, consistent, and condensed as possible. Though not the first attempt at doing this by any means, we hope that it can become the greatest. For more information on Postmodern English and the related community efforts, please visit

Usage Instructions For Desktop Keyboard

Compared to the standard American English keyboard, the Postmodern English keyboard functions very similarly with some minor changes.

This is the layout of the Postmodern English Natural keyboard. As with the standard American English keyboard, most keys only need one press to print out a character to the screen.

Postmodern English US Natural Style Desktop

Notice that some keys on the keyboard are highlighted in yellow. This indicates that these keys have alternate options when the correct key combinations are pressed. The alternate options are displayed below the main character in the keyboard image.

In order to type any alternate character on screen, the “dead key” must first be pressed. This key is highlighted in green in the image above, and will initially do nothing when pressed. However, when a yellow or green key is pressed after the green key, the alternate character will be printed to screen. Which character is printed to screen depends both on the green and yellow keys pressed.

Take notice of the symbols printed on the green “;” key: a semicolon and “DK”. This “DK” means that this key can be used to type the character below the main character for any key, by first pressing the green “DK” key, and then any yellow key. So for example, if you want to type Ԅ, which is below the R key, you would first press the green “DK” key, and then press the R key to type out an Ԅ. To just type a semicolon, press the “DK” key two times in a row. It’s that simple.

Typing any alternate characters is easy after some practice. Regardless of capitalization, all of these key combinations work the same way. The following list shows all of the “dead key” combination presses used for alternate characters:

; + ; = ;
; + Ћ = Þ
; + R = Ԅ
; + T = Է
; + J = Ԏ
; + N = Ŋ
; + Ч = X
; + Á = !
; + Ā = @
; + Å = #
; + É = $
; + Ē = %
; + Ú = ^
; + Ū = &
; + Ů = *
; + Ī = (
; + Ó = )
; + Ō = _
; + W = Q (non-Postmodern letter)
; + Ҁ = C (non-Postmodern letter)

Don’t want to press the dead key each time you need to type a number or symbol from the top row of keys? There’s an easier way! The Right Alt key can be held down, and then the top row of keys can be used to type numbers and symbols with just one keystroke. In a similar manner, the Right Alt key + the Shift key can be held down together to type symbols from the top row of keys that would normally be accessed with the shift key on standard keyboard layouts. Here are all the Right Alt key combinations that can be used:

Right Alt + Á = 1
Right Alt + Ā = 2
Right Alt + Å = 3
Right Alt + É = 4
Right Alt + Ē = 5
Right Alt + Ú = 6
Right Alt + Ū = 7
Right Alt + Ů = 8
Right Alt + Ī = 9
Right Alt + Ó = 0
Right Alt + Ō = -
Right Alt + Shift + Á = !
Right Alt + Shift + Ā = @
Right Alt + Shift + Å = #
Right Alt + Shift + É = $
Right Alt + Shift + Ē = %
Right Alt + Shift + Ú = ^
Right Alt + Shift + Ū = &
Right Alt + Shift + Ů = *
Right Alt + Shift + Ī = (
Right Alt + Shift + Ó = )
Right Alt + Shift + Ō = _

Usage Instructions For Mobile Keyboard

The Postmodern English mobile keyboard is very easy to use. Each key you see only requires one key press to type the character shown on it. For keys that have a small dot in the top right corners, you can press and hold for a moment to open a popup that will allow you to select different characters organized under that character. For example, by pressing and holding the letter "T", you can get an option to type the letter "Է". Pressing "123" will bring you to a numbers and symbols keyboard. On the numbers and symbols keyboard, a new key labeled "Núm" will appear. Pressing this key will bring you to a number pad, much like you'd see on an ATM machine. The final button worth mentioning on the main keyboard, the "smiley face" button, will bring you to the emoji selection keyboard. Here's what the mobile keyboard looks like:

Postmodern English Mobile

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