[INDOLOGY] alternative solution for directly accessing Unicode diacritics on Mac

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Fri May 12 12:03:44 UTC 2017

Hello Tyler,

     This is a great suggestion, especially for constructing unusual
combinations, which one often needs while working with Pāṇini's grammar.
The other thing I want to mention is that I have been interested in
creating stacked diacritics for marking length, nasality and accent on the
same vowel.  I can produce these with Mac's ABC Extended Keyboard.
However, very few fonts can show these properly.  So far, Helvetica is one
font that can show most of the stacks properly, but interestingly, even
this font cannot show stack of three markings on top of "l̥".  Fortunately
one does not need this very often, but some Pāṇinian rules may need it.

Madhav Deshpande

On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 7:21 AM, Tyler Neill via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear all,
> in addition to Prof. Deshpande's solution with Ukelele, I'd like to
> suggest one more ready-made option for easily and directly accessing
> Unicode combining diacritics on Mac (as opposed to correctly displaying the
> results with custom fonts), which will hopefully be of general interest:
> the IPA Unicode
> <http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=uniipakeyboard#f5738dec> keyboard
> layout.
> As a strange example:
> t̥̄  (t with under-circle and macron)
> Produced by typing with the "IPA Unicode" layout:
> t
> @2 (adds the under-circle) ('COMBINING RING BELOW' (U+0325))
> &% (adds the macron) ('COMBINING MACRON' (U+0304))
> Thus also, quickly and easily: r̥̄ l̥̄.
> These are the useful combinations for Classical Sanskrit (i.e., what a
> pre-installed layout like "US/ABC Extended" cannot do), but the
> possibilities are almost endless (for which, use either the documentation
> PDF provided on the download page or else the Mac "Keyboard Viewer"). I
> don't yet know whether this is any sort of a solution for Vedic accents
> etc. but I would be very curious to hear from those who try.
> Hope this helps!
> Best wishes,
> Tyler
> Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
>> Thu May 11 12:02:11 EDT 2017
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>> Hello Friends,
>>      I have now added R̥, L̥ and Ḷ (besides r̥,  r̥̄, l̥, and ḷ) to my
>> MMDUnicode.keylayout for Mac.  I have attached the changed version.  Have
>> not been able to add long versions of R̥ and L̥, but they don't occur in
>> the initial position anyway, and so that should not be an issue.  Try it
>> out and see if it works for you.
>> Madhav
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