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page contains keyboard programs for typing the Nkonya Language. Some of the processes involved in setting them up may be complex, and you may want to get help to install and use them.
On this page, when I say "keyboard", I am talking about one of these programs, not a physical keyboard.
To use the second solution, you have to buy the keyboard handler named Keyman from http://www.tavultesoft.com. Download the Nkonya keyboard. The key assignments are the same as the MSKLC solution below, except that, for a high tone, type an apostrophe before the letter, rather than after the letter. The high tone will only come on vowels.
Downloading and Installation (Free version-MSKLC)A keyboard for Windows (Ghana9Hi.zip - 473K) is available. It works with Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. You can download it and extract the files. It will create a folder named Ghana9Hi inside the folder you extract it into. Inside the folder Ghana9Hi, there will be a file named setup.exe.
Run setup.exe as adminstrator. It installs the Nkonya keyboard as the Afrikaans language with a keyboard layout named Ghana 9 Vowels With High Tone. You can adjust the settings from the Windows Control Panel. Select Regional settings and choose the Language tab.
If you wish, you can assign the keyboard layout to another language. Windows has a restricted list of languages you can use, and the list does not include Nkonya. Choose one that suits you, and select Ghana 9 Vowels With High Tone as the keyboard layout.
To start the keyboard, Select the language (Afrikaans, unless you changed it) from the language bar.
Using the Linux KeyboardThe Linux keyboard uses the same keystrokes as in the table above for the MSKLC keyboard. For a high tone, type an apostrophe before the letter, rather than after the letter. The high tone will only come on vowels.
Modifying the Keyboards (Advanced)If you want to modify the keyboards, and are comfortable with doing some computer programming, you can do that.
For the Windows MSKLC version, download the MSKLC program from Microsoft. The source of the keyboard is the file Ghana9hi.klc in the keyboard download Ghana9Hi.zip - 473K — the one you downloaded for the keyboard.
To make changes for the Keyman program, you have to purchase a Developer edition of Keyman from http://www.tavultesoft.com. It uses the same source file as the Linux kmfl keyboard, but requires the icon files to be in the same directory as the source. The source file is available in the Nkonya Linux keyboard. The file name is .kmfl/GhanaUnicode-NKO-NFD.kmn
The kmfl program in Linux uses the source file directly. Modify a copy of ~/.kmfl/GhanaUnicode-NKO-NFD.kmn.