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 OS keyboard layouts which have the nasty side effect of interfering with your ability to type punctuation
- buy and install third-party text input software
- *) on some browsers, Ctrl is used instead of Alt for technical reasons
- **) the Russian keyboard is an exception
TypeIt uses a unique keyboard shortcut system which has two big advantages:
- It is very respectful of your existing keyboard layout and doesn’t “take over” important keys like punctuation and digits.**
- It uses really obvious shortcuts. For example, to get an accented letter based on e, just hold Alt* and keep pressing E until you get the letter you want. In the French keyboard, one press will type é, two presses – è, three presses – ê, etc. Because all the variants of e are assigned to a single key, the number of things that you have to memorize to use this system is virtually zero. (Compare this with a system where every accented letter has a separate shortcut and you can never remember which key types which letter.)
It takes time and money to keep this site up and running, and to make sure it is always compatible with the latest browser versions. Financial support for TypeIt comes largely from users like you. If you use TypeIt and would like it to stay online, please consider supporting it with a little money. Thank you!
TypeIt supports the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, as well as Internet Explorer (10, 11) and Microsoft Edge (except for some issues). Safari for iOS is supported, but subject to OS limitations like poor support for hardware keyboards.
In other browsers, there will likely be problems with keyboard shortcuts and other glitches.
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).
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.
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:
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