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Foreign Language Versions

The javascript versions of ASETNIOP (and Chordmak, and Chordvak) have been updated to include “non-English” modes for those of you typing in languages other than English.  The autofill and autocorrect features are permanently deactivated in these versions (because making suggestions and corrections based off an English dictionary doesn’t make a lot of sense when the user is typing in Norwegian).  This is only a temporary situation; future versions will include full support for a variety of languages.  The process for obtaining accented characters will not change, however; these characters are available in two ways:

1.  Through the handwriting recognition on the pad for the right ring finger (use the mouse for the keyboard version), or…

2.  Through the appropriate input code/stenographic combination.  It works similar to the handwriting recognition, in that the character must be typed, followed by the appropriate code to add an accent mark.  For example, you can type a “a” followed by the code for the grave accent (the left index, right middle, and right pinky fingers all pressed together), and the accent will be added to produce the character “à”.  In addition, some of the more common accented letters are available as individual codes; in the above example you could simply press the left pinky, left index, right middle, and right pinky fingers all at the same time and produce à directly.

The keyboard version is here, and the ipad version is here. Just switch to the “non-English” layout in the drop-down menu in the lower left corner.

Some of the relevant codes (where 1 = left pinky, 5 = right index, etc.):


378 – dot
478 – ring
136 – tilde
137 – circumflex
138 – cedilla
178 – caron/breve
278 – acute
468 – grave


167 – tilde
178 – caron/breve
234 – acute
237 – umlaut
245 – circumflex
257 – grave
268 – dot
368 – cedilla


123 – cedilla
127 – acute
128 – dot
136 – circumflex
156 – tilde
245 – caron
467 – grave
478 – umlaut

News Tablets

Accent Marks Added

The ipad version has been updated to include handwriting recognition for accent marks – simply type the letter you want to add an accent to, draw the appropriate mark in the pad with the right ring finger (the O button), and it will be added to the previous character.  As with numbers and symbols, the mark needs to be drawn with a single stroke.  The following symbols are available:

Acute: á

Grave: è

Circumflex: î

Caron: ž

Diaeresis/Umlaut – ü (obtained with either a straight horizontal line or a sideways figure-eight)

Tilde: ñ

Ring: å

Cedilla: ç

Inverse question mark: ¿

Inverse exclamation point: ¡ (obtained with a triangle pointing up)

A-E ligature: æ

O-E ligature: œ

Double-S: ß

In the near future we’ll be releasing layouts that are optimized for foreign languages (for example, pressing the chord for “j” together with the letter “e” as a three-finger combination will produce “je” in the French version) and there will be separate codes for accented characters available with these as well.  For those intrepid souls who don’t mind playing around with a work in progress, there’s also a keyboard version that allows you to draw accents (and numbers and symbols) the same way using your mouse.