About TypeIt

If you have the need to type anything in a foreign language which has accents and other strange-looking characters, and you only have a US keyboard, your life used to be miserable. You used to have to do one of the following:

  • ignore the special characters
  • memorize unintuitive keyboard “shortcuts” such as Alt+0128
  • go letter-hunting with the Character Map in Windows or Word
  • install Windows keyboard layouts which have the nasty side effect of interfering with your ability to type normal letters
  • buy and install third-party text input software

Now, through the miracles of Unicode and JavaScript, you can just navigate to this site, type whatever you need to type in a text box, and then paste it wherever you need it — into your word processor, e-mail message, etc. You can type foreign characters by clicking buttons or by pressing intuitive keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl + letter) that don’t require you to grow additional fingers and don’t block normal letters.

Supported browsers

  • On Windows: Mozilla Firefox 12 and higher, Internet Explorer 8 and higher. Google Chrome and Safari also work fine except for a few keyboard shortcuts. Internet Explorer 7 works except for a few minor features.
  • On OS X: Mozilla Firefox 12 and higher, Safari 5 and higher
  • On Linux: Mozilla Firefox 12 and higher

In other browsers, there will likely be problems with keyboard shortcuts and other glitches.

Financial support

If you use TypeIt and find it helpful, please consider supporting it with a little money. Thank you!

Acknowledgments

TypeIt uses the JavaScript implementation of SHA-1 by Chris Veness. When developing the current version of TypeIt, I was greatly helped by the research of the following people, who were kind enough to publish their work online: Jan Wolter (keyboard support in browsers), Thomas Frank (temporary storage in JavaScript), Peter-Paul Koch (browser incompatibilities), Dav Glass (Safari quirks), Diego Perini (IE quirks).

I got the idea of making this site from the Russian keyboard made by my two friends, Michał Ryszard Wójcik and Michał Stanisław Wójcik (yes, they have the same first and last names).

Author

My name is Tomasz P. Szynalski. I also made Antimoon — a site which tells people how to learn English effectively. I am a part-time English-Polish translator, offering Polish translation services online. I spend a lot of time thinking about philosophical and practical topics; I publish some of the practical stuff here. I live in Wrocław, Poland.

Contact information

Your suggestions and bug reports are very welcome. If you can send me a short note describing what you use TypeIt for (your work? personal e-mail? school assignments?), that would be great, too. Here’s my e-mail address:

tszynalski at-sign type it dot org

Privacy

The text you type into TypeIt remains on your computer. It is not sent to any servers nor stored in any database. However, TypeIt automatically saves your text in your browser so that it can be restored if you accidentally navigate to another site, close the tab, or if your browser crashes. Depending on your browser, this information may persist even after you close the browser window. For more information, see “How can I secure my privacy while using TypeIt?”.

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