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Last night, I was enjoying watching Apple’s Keynote about their exciting, upcoming products, including the new design and features in their upcoming iOS 7 operating system (the operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). On the language side, it will even come with Dutch, Italian and Korean dictionaries as well as a Chinese-English bilingual dictionary.
I applaud Apple for continuing to add more language support to iOS. However, I receive and send a lot of emails in Esperanto. In addition to this, I often comment and post in social networks too. Unfortunately, this is not possible natively on my iPhone or iPad. However, I was happy one day to discover the app Ĝusta Klavaro.
Now, when I need to type something in Esperanto, I just run Ĝusta Klavaro and then cut and paste the text to where I need it. Despite the fact that I’d rather have a real Esperanto keyboard on my iPhone, ĜK provides the best solution I could imagine, since it’s not yet possible to type Esperanto characters on any standard iOS keyboard. Within the app, you are provided with an empty text field and below the usual touchscreen keyboard with an additional line of letters: ĈĜĤĴŜŬ ĉĝĥĵŝŭ.
The app also disables autocorrect as you type, since Esperanto words aren’t in any default iOS dictionary. Another nice touch is that when you connect a Bluetooth keyboard, it is smart enough to recognize this and just add the special Esperanto keys to the bottom of the screen as you can see by the picture on the right.
I’m really hoping that Apple will add Esperanto keyboard support in iOS 7. I’d just like to see the characters ĉ, ĝ, ĥ, ĵ, ŝ and ŭ on the touchscreen keyboard when holding down a letter as it already works for other characters like ö, ż, ū, etc. Since Esperanto speakers speak a wide variety of languages, it would be most useful to have such support on every system keyboard.
There is quite a lot of demand for this within the Esperanto community, since the app has been downloaded over 4,500 times. In any case, I really hope to see Esperanto input support on the next version of iOS! Just curious, how do you type Esperanto characters on your system?