Risala: The Arabic Learner’s Weblog

March 23, 2007

Windows XP & Typing Arabic on a PC…What to do if you don’t have a MAC;-(

First of all it is my recommendation to all those Arabic Learners out there that want to get started with typing Arabic, get a Mac…i mean you don’t see all those reporters in Iraq with Mac’s because they look cool….anyway….As you probably know by now…Mac’s make Arabic keyboarding a cinche. I mean, the standard Arabic Keylayout is literally “STANDARD” meaning pre-installed…and if you want to modify the Mac Qwerty or even Standard Keylayout then all you need is Ukelele (described on a previous posting, see below).

Ok….enought of that….i’m sorry i went on so long about that Mac VS. PC stuff………but the point i’m trying to make is…….this is an area where IT REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFF WHICH ONE YOU GOT:-)

If you are a PC “buff” or if you are stuck with a PC, and still can’t keep yourself away from Unicode Scripts like Arabic: Then follow this link!!! You’ll be doing this stuff like this: أنا أُحِبُّ ماكينتَوش ولُغَةِ العَرَبيةِ in no time!!! Especially if you go with a QWERTY setup. And of course the Qwerty setup i recommend most…..is aziizkeez (you can download the latest version below). Reach all the most important haraket/tashkeel without HITTING SHIFT….I call it “Qwerty for Educators and Students” cuz I don’t think anyone else almost ever uses all those cool looking vowels….enjoy here is the link to get you PC people in the game;-)







al-Husein N. Madhany

The University of Chicago (Graduate Student)

The above article is now available as a POWER POINT presentation!!! ALSO the both links are as of NOW UP TO DATE…..meaning if you downloaded it before…..it might be worth a another shot.



aziizkeez_v2_2……..UPDATED keylayout……for Mac


March 2, 2007

aziizkeez. . . . . . . my Arabic-QWERTY keylayout;-)

I have a Mac. . . . which means my computer has a natural nack for Arabic typsets, it comes with both a Standard Arabic Keylayout and Mac’s own version of Arabic-QWERTY. Lets start with Standard. This is the kind of thing you might find an Al-Jazeera reporter equipped with, it is the REAL thing (مِن اصلِ عربيّ), of coures it bares little resemblance to a QWERTY set-up but that is the point it was developed (i hope) for efficiency with the native Arabic speaker in mind. However, like “organic milk” real isn’t always better!!! Atleast not for us native-english-typists out there that just so happen to be Arabic Learners too. This is where Arabic-QWERTY comes in. . . it’s an attempt at mapping Arabic phonetics to an English standard Qwerty setup. The only problem is. . . . .WHERE did all the tashkeel/harakat go??? Hitting “Option” or “fn” to get a Darn Damma is not my idea of efficient. . . . and it is for this reason that I developed my own Arabic-QWERTY keylayout called aziizkeez, which is fast, efficient, generally user-friendly, and an absolute breeze to learn . . . . but you don’t have to take my word for it. . . . . you can download it right from this blog and try it out for yourself. . . . . either way I’m happy because I have already found what works for me. Oh yes, and if you would like to try your hand at creating your own custome keylaout (on a Mac) just download Ukelele the same Mac app I used to develop theaziizkeez.keylayout file (just click the link and give it spin).

That’s all for now. . . . I hope to make aziizkeez(G) available soon for you Windows users out there. . . . but for now. . Enjoy!!!


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