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Kmhmu (SIL) Keyboard

Desktop Keyboard Layout Notes

Keyboard layout (as shown below) follows the Lao standard, with the following minor differences to simplify entry of Kmhmu text:

Shift Key Result Notes
i This follows the pre-2005 Lao typewriter convention,
since is widely used in Kmhmu while is rarely if ever used.
space bar
(pressed once)
thin space To allow narrow spacing between words, the space bar inserts a (wrapping) thin-space when pressed once, or normal spaces if pressed more than once.
space bar
(twice or more)
normal space
| ZWSP Zero-width (wrapping) space character
% This mark used to form modified characters found in Kmhmu (but not in Lao) replaces the "Cancellation mark" (thanthakhat) found in normal Lao fonts, so can be entered using the same keystroke. But in most cases, the Y and U keys would be used instead.

Mobile Keyboard Layout Notes

Mobile Keyboard follows the same layout as the Desktop keyboard with minor exceptions. The Lao numerals are made available as a choice via long pressing the Arabic Numeral

Long Press Key Result
( [ or {
) ] or }

Desktop Keyboard layout - Unshifted

Kmhmu (SIL) Desktop keyboard layout: normal (default) state

Desktop Keyboard layout - with Shift

Kmhmu (SIL) Desktop keyboard layout: shift state

Desktop Keyboard layout - with Right Alt

Kmhmu (SIL) Desktop keyboard layout: AltGr state

Mobile Keyboard layout - Default

Kmhmu (SIL) Mobile keyboard layout: Default

Mobile Keyboard layout - with Symbol

Kmhmu (SIL) Mobile keyboard layout: Symbol

Mobile Keyboard layout - with Longpress

Kmhmu (SIL) Mobile keyboard layout: Longpress


The font Kmhmu OT 2.002 and Kmhmu MX have been included with the keyboard layout.

Both font will be installed on Windows, but Kmhmu OT 2.002 is selected by default for OSK and Keyman app.

When using outside Keyman app, the default system font may be used instead.

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