Most Massalit letters can be found on a normal English keyboard.
Almost all the special letters: â ê î ô û and ŋ can be found under
- “Insert” -> “Symbol” if you are using MS Word OR
- “Insert” -> “Special Character” if you are using LibreOffice Writer.
The n̰ is not there, but you could try using the ṉ in MS Word, or simply type ‘ny’ instead. (Also for phones, you can use ‘ng’ instead of ŋ).
However, an easier way to type in Massalit is to use a special keyboard/software installed on your computer, e.g. Keyman.
How to install Keyman Tchad keyboard:
1. Download and install the Keyman 9.0 Free + Tchad Unicode keyboard from the link (14.1 MB)
2. Check if you have the Keyman icon in the Taskbar of your computer (bottom right-hand corner, near the Time and Date). If not, see their ‘Getting Started‘ help file to find the icon.
3. Open your Word processing software (e.g. Word or Writer, etc).
4. Click or right-click on the Keyman icon and choose “Tch” (Tchad Unicode) keyboard.
5. Choose “Charis SIL Literacy” font for best results (the font is available here. Save the zip file and extract it in your C:\Windows\Fonts folder. Another good font is “Andika” which is available here).
See this guide for screenshots and instructions in Massalit (PDF, 293 KB)
For how to type more special characters, see The Tchad Unicode Microsoft Keyboard Summary (PDF, 310 KB)
If you have problems, please leave a comment below and we will try to help.
Another method is to install a modified Turkish (TR) keyboard for Windows that shows up in your language bar (no extra software). Please leave a comment with your email address if you prefer this option and we can email you the files.
The special vowels: â ê î ô û can be found on your smartphone keyboard if you press on the letter until the different options come up:
We are still looking for a keyboard that has both the n̰ and ŋ. Stay tuned!
If you know of a suitable keyboard or app, please let us know in the Comments.