Draft Proposed Hebrew Keyboard, By Mark David, March 5, 1997

Rationale Summary

Blue: One of the 22+5 (nonfinal+final) Hebrew letters where they appear in the standard Hebrew keyboard position.

Green: One of the 22+5 Hebrew letters appearing in nonstandard Hebrew keyboard position, 11 Hebrew-letter and/or diacritic combinations, or 3 Hebrew-letter digraphs used in standard Yiddish orthography, and able to be encoded in as a single Unicode base character followed by one or more Unicode non-spacing marks (i.e., diacritics).

Cyan: used in keyboard keys assigned to keys just to denote a character relative to the position of a diacritic

Black: any other Hebrew or Non-Hebrew character

Magenta: Any miscellaneous Hebrew-letter combination not covered by one of the colors above.

Here is a variation based on Leybl Bowinik's 3/9/97 email to UYIP:

Rationale for the Variations (Leybl Botwinik)

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 10:27:47 +0200 (IST)
From: "Leybl Botwinik (1388)" 
To: mhd@gensym.com
Cc: uyip@world.std.com
Subject: yidisher klavyatur

tayerer meyer,
es gefelt mir ayer forgeshlogener klavyatur (di vos ikh ze oyf ayer UYIP
vebplats: http://world.std.com/~yv/uyip/mhd-draft-keyboard.html).

ikh volt, ober, gemakht etlekhe kleyntshike enderungen.

1) koydem kol, darf dos heysn "DRAFT Proposed Yiddish-Hebrew Keyboard"
   oder "Hebrew-Yiddish".
2) di tsvey-yudn (untern "K") zaynen vayt funem muter-yud, volt ikh zey
   aribergefirt untern "G". azoy arum, zaynen ale yud-kombinatsyes neenter.
3) di vov-yud kombinatsye (untern "E") iz gor vayt, say funem yud, un say
   funem vov. a gut ort far dem, volt geven untern "G" oder "K". ober dos
   vendt zikh inem onnemen oder opvarfn mayn 2tn forshlog.
4) dem veys (beys mit a rofe, itst untern "V") volt ikh avekgeshtelt untern
   "X". dos kumt oys tsum links funem beys. azoy oykh, gefint zikh der fey
   mit der rofe tsum links funem fey.

yednfal, a yesher koyekh.

ikh bin, agev, naygerik tsu zen vos Dr. Ben-Levi hot forgeleygt far zayn


Here is a prototype keyboard by Glyph Systems, Inc., based on the suggestions of Dr. Michael Ben-Levy (received 2/20/97):


Most recent update: 14 March 1997

Compiled by Mark H. David -- send him errors, ommissions, corrections via email at mhd@world.std.com