Tagg’s Computer Keyboard Layouts
- To use these keyboard layouts you need KbdEdit (costs as little as €5/$6/£4¾)
You also need to be running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
- Click here for basic logistical information and instructions.
- One advantage of installing keyboard layouts rather than just fonts is that they let you produce
characters using many of the fonts on your computer (Dvořák, Dvořák, Dvořák, Dvořák,Чайковский, Чайковский, Чайковский, Ξενάκης, Ξενάκης, etc.)
Basic info and instructions (Windows only)
- If you haven't already done so, dowload the software KbdEdit from kbdedit.com and install it on your computer. These procedures will only work if you have installed that software and if you are running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
- Download the required keyboard layout file (*.kbe) from this site (tagg.org).
- Open the KbdEdit software on your computer and select "File" -> "Import KBE file".
(The Russian and Greek keyboards are much the same as those available free direct from kbdedit.com. The multilingual keyboard is totally home-grown.)
- Select the KBE file you downloaded in step #2.
- Under "Save Keyboard Layout As" ensure "Add to language bar list" is checked.
- Take note of the data next to "Layout text", "Register as" and "Layout file KbdEdit".
- Press "OK". The keyboard layout is now registered with your Windows system but it won't show up unless you log off and log back in again. Do so now (c. 1 min).
- Open Windows Control Panel. Go to wherever your version of Windows lets you configure your keyboard. In XP it's under "Regional & Language Options" -> "Language" -> "Details".
- Locate relevant language, EN-English (United States) for USPTLayout5, EL-Greek for GreekPolytonic3, and RU-Russian for RussianPhoneticY2. (This description is based on procedures using Windows XP).
- Organise your language bar (help for XP, Vista, Windows 7) so you can easily switch from one keyboard to another. Then open Microsoft Word, select the relevant keyboard from the language bar and start typing to test that the keyboard is successfully installed. Most fonts work with the multilingual and Russian keyboards but you'll need a full Unicode font (e.g. Arial Unicode MS) to produce all the Ancient Greek characters.
A dead key is one which, when pressed, produces nothing unless it is followed by another keystroke. For example, pressing the tilde key (~) then a in a normal English language keyboard layout produces ~a but in Tagg's 2010 keyboard layout it produces ã (useful for João in São Paulo). Following a dead key with a space (or sometimes hitting it twice, depending on the keyboard layout) produces the dead key character on screen (e.g. ~ followed by the spacebar produces ~). The Panhellenic Greek keyboard downloadable from this site uses many dead keys (e.g. = followed by a to produce ἆ and + followed by a to produce ἇ).
For a more detailed explanation of dead keys in Tagg's 2010 keyboard layout, click here.
 A dead key followed by space produces the dead key
character on its own.
 A dead key followed by a key not designated for
combination produces the dead key followed by that
second character. For example, tying ^j just produces ^j.
 A dead key followed by a key designated for combination produces a special character. For example, typing ^e results in ê, ^z in ž .