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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronTurne

Klingon keyboard?

I went looking in the play store yesterday for a Klingon keyboard. Something with all of the letters already capitalized, or not, as needed, with the combo letters already together and the such. I didn't have any luck. Does anyone know of such a keyboard?

September 5, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

What operating system do you want it for?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tortitudette

Is there an equivalent quja’ for iOS? I found a pIqaD app and it’s working well, but for Duolingo the quja’ would also be helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NickZ_ny

I'm not sure about the IOS app, but my Android app (Anysoft) will still output the Latin characters that Duolingo expects, even when pIqaD keyboard is selected. So I can do some of the Duolingo lessons in pIqaD (this would not apply if your keyboard output the Unicode codes for the privately-defined area where some pIqaD characters are mapped).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronTurne

I'm using an Android phone, mostly. Sometimes Win10 laptop.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

I'm not sure about Win10, but for Android, if you download the AnySoftKeyboard and then add the quja' extension (both available in the Play Store), you can get a keyboard which already has the letters in the correct capitalization and the multigraphs on single keys. It also includes some options for pIqaD.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronTurne

YOU ARE FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!! Thank you!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronTurne

quja' and pIqaD look like they might be Klingon, but I don't know those words.

Can you help me out?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

You seem to have figured it out, but in case someone else comes to this forum and wonders... pIqaD is the Klingon characters that are used to write Klingon instead of the Roman letters that Duolingo and most of the instructional materials use. quja' is the name of the Keyboard layout used when the quja' extension for AnySoftKeyboard is used, it has no other meaning in tlhIngan Hol that we know of. You can find it by searching for quja' in the play store, but it won't do anything unless you have AnySoftKeyboard installed and restart your device.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTrimb3

It's called quja' for the same reason a qwerty keyboard is called qwerty: it's the letters along the top row. Whether the designer decided on the name quja' and then laid out a keyboard accordingly or that name just came about by chance, I don't know.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronTurne

Okay, I hope that I'm not just complaining now, but on this keyboard the uppercase i looks just like the lower case L. Is this something that I can fix, like changing a font or something?

I'm not seeing a way to attach a screenshot, sorry.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTrimb3

Go into AnySoftKeyboard, choose the globe icon at the bottom, choose Enable Keyboards and Languages. Choose quja' Roman covers. When you use the keyboard, switch to quja' roman covers to see a serif font.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NickZ_ny

I like the arrangement of the quja' keyboard, makes typing suffixes like 'a' and 'e' so much quicker and easier, and then typing words like torgh is easy as those keys are more or less adjacent and a quick clockwise motion types it out. And of course ng, ch, etc. are one letter and one can't type an "n" then a "g" to get the former. tlhIngan is only four letters. Etc. The only thing I'd want to adjust is the red color of the roman covers, which is very low contrast; I'd go with yellow or white. The "regular" quja' keyboard has good contrast, but as AaronTurne noted, the I and the l basically look the same. Can one customize the color? Also after typing on the roman quja' for awhile I decided to try the pIqad keyboard and was able to manage because the quja' makes one think in terms of the Klingon letters, not English representations. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronTurne

I saw AnySoftKeyboard, but I didn't see the extension for Klingon. I'm going to have to go back and get it.

Thank you!

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