Been typing away at that Tongan Language thesis??
How about trying to make those letters home look more grammatically correct??
Does your pinky finger cramp up from typing all those apostrophes/fakau’a?? M�l� e ng�ue mo e eveeva holo he Internet. Neongo ‘a e si’i ange ‘o e ngaahi mata’itohi faka-Tonga� mei he mata’i tohi faka-Pilitania pe faka-‘Amelika�, ka ‘i he fakah� ‘o e ngaahi faka’ilonga toloi� pe fakamamaf� oku faingataa ange a hono ng�ueaki o e kipooti komipiuta ki he taipe’i ‘o e ‘u fetu’utaki faka-Tonga�.
It seems strange in todays world of computing that Tongan Language typing is still performed on "US" Keyboards. By staying with the "old way of doing things" Tongan Language typing is extremely cumbersome, requiring fancy finger dancing to type the accents in Tongan letters like�, �, �, �, � .
All very strange since there are plenty of keys on the keyboard that are untouched by the Tongan Language.
Examples: q w r y d j z x c
|**Figure: Standard US Keyboard Layout**|
The English/US language uses a 26 letter alphabet A ~ Z. The Tongan Language uses a 16 letter alphabet A, E, F, H, I, etc. These sixteen letters are complemented by 5 accented letters, �, �, etc. Combined, the Tongan lettering uses 16 + 5 = 21 letters, yet we only use 16 letters on the typewriter.
To use of a typewriter for Tongan Language communications requires a lot of hand travel to the platinum to move the paper up and down for making accented letters. Most people gave up and pen the accents in after the typing.
Physically changing the keys on the typewriter is unthinkable because (a) most people using a typewriter correspond in English and Tongan, (b) it requires pulling apart the typewriter and putting in "print hammers" which do not exist.
After you run the macro, the keyboard layout inside Microsoft Word will be changed to simplify entering Tongan accented characters. When you type keyboard letters shown in the above US Keyboard Layout, Microsoft Word will get the "new" letters shown in the lower figure (Tongan Keyboard Layout). Most keys remain the same, the changes are highlighted below.
|**Figure: Tongan Keyboard Layout**|