Help - Sibe Keyboard
Web Browsers: Currently only Internet Explorer 8 supports tb-lr (displaying vertically from left to right). Internet Explorer 6 & 7 support displaying vertically, but only tb-rl can be used. None of the other web browsers support displaying vertically.
Figure 1: the Default Keyboard Layout
a) Nirugu is the hyphen for Manchu, Sibe, Daur and Traditional Mongolian.
b) ZWJ is Zero Width Jointer. It is an invisible hyphen with zero width. You can use it to display the stand-alone initial/medial/terminal forms. However, Office 2007 doesn't support it well. You can use Nirugu instead when ZWJ doesn't work. Notepad support ZWJ very well.
c) Comma and Full Stop here are new ones.
d) i here is the auxiliary word. In fact, it is ZWL + I.
e) Q is ts' , Z is dz，V is ū in Möllendorff Romanized Manchu System.
f) The single quotes are smart quotes in Word.
Figure 2: the Keyboard Layout when Shift is pressed
a) The usage of Shift key: When you are pressing Shift, please keep pressing and at the same time, press the next key. Then the system will display the letter you need.
b) ZWNJ is Zero Width Non-Jointer. It's an invisible separator with zero width. It is useful when you want to display a word with lettered unconnected on purpose: ᠮᠠᠨ ᠮᠠᠨ (M/a/n Man).
c) Comma and Full Stop here are traditional ones.
d) R' is ž, i' is y for Chinese pronunciations in Möllendorff Romanized Manchu System.
e) The double quotes are smart quotes in Word.
f) FVS is Free Variation Selector. It is used to display an irregular form. For example, if you want to display an with a dot, you can type A - N - FSV1. FVS2 and FVS3 are seldom used.
Figure 3: the Keyboard Layout for Dead Key `
a) The usage of Dead Key `: Press `, then raise your finger, then press the next key. Now you will get the letter you want. Pay attention to the different usage of dead keys with Shift.
b) Dead key ` helps you to input traditional Mongolic letters and symbols which are seldom used in Sibe.
c) TSH is Todo Soft Hyphen.
d) MVS is Mongolian Vowel Separator.
e) The following letters are different with Sibe ones: R is for Manchu - the terminal form is different. I is for Manchu/Daur - the medial form is different. F is for Manchu - the initial form is different. J and J' is for Manchu/Daur - medial form is different. K is for Manchu/Daur - medial and final forms are different. Ng is for Manchu/Daur/Mongolian - final form is different.
d) SBM is Sibe Syllable Boundary Marker.
e) The ellipsis, colon, comma, full stop and paragraph mark are traditional Mongolian ones.
Figure 4: the Keyboard Layout for Dead Key \
a) The usage of Dead Key \: Press \, then raise your finger, then press the next key. Now you will get the letter you want. Pay attention to the different usage of dead keys with Shift.
b) Dead key \ helps you to input the current marks.
c) • is Chinese separator.
d) ° is the degree sign.
e) . is the Latin full stop.