Yoruba Language capable font with incorporated simple keyboard input software program  

A major objective of Bis Bus International is the promotion, growth and use of the Yoruba language in a multimedia format on the World Wide Web. In pursuance of this goal, Mr. James Kass in a cooperative effort with Dr. Adebusola Onayemi  released a freeware font - YorubaOK.ttf sometime ago. This font, designed for typing Yoruba on the computer keyboard, makes it possible to render Yoruba in its full acceptable orthographic form - complete with all the characters of its alphabet, accent/diacritic marks inclusive.

We are delighted to present you with this  simple keyboard input program which when used in conjunction with YorubaOK.ttf facilitates the typing process. This does not require the use of cumbersome multiple keystroke combinations, neither does it entail manual remapping of the keyboard or the need to memorize any numbers.

Upon installation of the Yoruba font (YorubaOk.ttf), the keyboard reconfiguration file (YorubaOK.kmx) and the freeware keyboard input software (keyman6-0-164-0.exe), all that is required is to remember the characters of the English alphabet that are not present in the Yoruba alphabet i.e. z, x, c, v and q. ( Incidentally, the letters z, x, c and v are conveniently located contiguously on the keyboard.) These five letters have been programmed with the YorubaOK.kmx file to insert the accent/diacritic marks required to produce the complete character repertoire of the Yoruba language in any text document. You can now type directly into any text editor including your e-mail with this program and input the accent/diacritic marks on the fly. 

Here is a summary of how to proceed

1. Download the YorubaOK.ttf font into a specified folder on your computer.

2. Install the font from the folder, so that it now appears just like the other fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman, etc. in your fonts folder

Now, for the Keyboard program

This is what you need to do

1. Go to  http://www.tavultesoft.com/keyman/downloads and

     download the file  keyman6-0-164-0.exe  to a specified folder on your computer

2.  Go to   http://www.tavultesoft.com/keyman/dowloads/keyboards/  and

       from the list of languages, select   Yoruba
       you will be prompted to

       download     yorubaok.kmx

Then, go to the folders where you have downloaded these  files and install them.
You are set.

Please     Read the Typing Instruction to input Yoruba text described on the
page where you got the links to the downloaded files


Load the Tavultesoft keyboard program. (It may be preprogrammed to launch automatically at Windows Startup.
Toggle the keyboard profile to "ON". You will then see 'Y' on the Task Bar at the bootom of your computer screen.
Select the "Font" to YorubaOK in your Word Processor program and select the desired font size. You are now ready to begin typing.
To input the accent/diacritic marks
Type "c" after the vowels (and m or n ) to input the acute sign ( ' )
        "z"                                            to input the grave sign ( ` )
        "x"          for     macron  (sometimes required on letters "m" and "n"
        "v"          for      the underbar (preferable to the under dot used when required with the
                                letters "e", "o" and "s".
        "q"         for the low-rising tone mark ( v )
Use ' Shift +  ^ '   for the Naira symbol      
            (you need to have installed YorubaOK.ttf to view the following Yoruba text correctly)
Type an "e",  see an "e"
Type  a "c" immediately after, see an "  "  
Type        A d e followed by  "c"     and you get   Ad
Type        O  "v"  b a                                      get  ba
Type        E  "zv"  k o  "cv"                           get   k
Type        I s  "v"  e "cv"                                get   I 
  Note: You have to type the "c" or "z" first to insert the accent mark then followed by the "v" for letters requiring the underbar to obtain the desired composite character  (i.e type the letter "e" or "o"  then "cv" or "zv" as indicated. Putting the "v" first will not work)
English (or other) keyboard can be clicked on or off for entering non-Yoruba passages to the text. However, in case the user does not want to take the time to toggle the task bar to input one or two words, the letters c,q,v,x and z appear correctly if they have a dash typed in first. Thus "Victoria" could be entered as "Vi-ctoria" at the keyboard and it will be stored in the document correctly.
This package, with the exception of the keyboard program (keyman32) from SIL International, was developed by Mr.James Kass with a little help from my humble self. If you find it useful and feel inclined to you may send a short  ( or long) thank you note to
Mr. Kass at  jameskass@worldnet.att.net and visit his web page  http://home.att.net/~jameskass/
As for me,     A k dp ara ni  
                         or in our trade mark color code to enhance
                         recognition of the changing tone in pronounciation
                 A k dp ara ni

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Please feel free to distribute this program as long as the html sheet YorubaOK.htm is included.

In summary, the three important download files you need to install are:

1. YorubaOK.ttf    2. YorubaOK.kmx  and  3. keyman6-0-164-0.exe 

                   ....... and you are in business. You can go ahead and publish your Yoruba book or novel.


Best regards,


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