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Getting started

Geez Unicode is compatible with windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000 and XP. Starting the Program 1. Go to Start >>>> Programs >>>> Tavultesoft Keyman >>>> click on Keyman. This action will place the keyman icon on the system tray on the right hand side of your task bar where the system clock is shown. 2. Open any word processing program (tested on Microsoft word and Microsoft WordPad1) and change the font to "Geez Unicode". 3. Before you start typing make sure that the Keyman Keyboard is set to " 2 Geez Unicode", this will be denoted by "" on the system tray, and set the Keyboard layout/IME 3 to "US" or "Geez Unicode". To change to Geez you can left click on the "Tavultesoft Keyman 6.0" icon on the system tray or use shortcut keys "Ctrl + Alt + G". To revert to English you can configure optional shortcut keys such as "Ctrl + Alt + E" by right clicking on the "Tavultesoft Keyman 6.0" icon on the system tray and clicking on "Keyman configuration" and "options" respectively. Geez Unicode visual keyboard Geez Unicode visual keyboard can be started by right clicking on the "Tavultesoft Keyman 6.0" or the "Geez Unicode", depending on the status of the icon on the system tray, and selecting the "Visual Keyboard". For the visual keyboard to show Geez alphabets you will need to make sure that: · · Geez Unicode font is selected. Place the cursor on the word processing document, in a ready-to-type status and select the "" "Geez Unicode" on the right hand side of the system tray.

Click on the Shift button on the visual Geez keyboard to show more alphabets. The Geez visual keyboard is non-intrusive and can be kept on the screen while typing or can be moved around. The key stokes on the visual keyboard are active and can be

In Windows 98 and 95, you can recover documents saved as Rich text format [rtf] in WordPad. But, Documents saved in any other format may not be recoverable. 2 N.B. If this Geez character is not shown correctly ", select the whole document and change the font into "Geez Unicode"

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Some Geez characters may not work unless the Keyboard layout/IME is set to "US" or "Geez Unicode" Start >>>> Settings >>>> control panel >>>>Keyboard. You can also view or change the language setting of your keyboard by right-clicking on the geez icon (at any status) and selecting (left clicking ) keyman configuration and selecting the Languages tab.

used to see the location of most Geez alphabets or type the Geez alphabets by directly clicking on the corresponding Geez alphabets on the visual keyboard using the mouse.

At first sight, the Geez alphabets on the visual keyboard may look randomly scattered. However, on closer examination with the help of the Geez Keyboard Layout Guide provided, one can quickly find out that the keyboard layout is actually structured in a manner that is easy to use and remember. Some Geez alphabets can be generated in more than one way. This is in addition to the structured method. Take for example "e", "u", "o" these letters can generate IO respectively and letters "E", "O" generate IO respectively. For more information please refer to the Geez layout guide. "Geez Keyboard Layout Guide" can be found by clicking "Start"

pointing to "programs" and navigating to "Geez Unicode".

Limitations Please note the following limitations ------------------------------------------When using Word with Win98, if Word is not started and the user opens a document directly by association (by clicking on the document entry or icon in an Explorer window), Wordlink is not able to intercept and translate the incoming characters. This is a limitation with the way Word processes events, and probably cannot be avoided. The simplest solution is to always start Word normally (thus loading and initializing the Wordlink Add-In) before opening any documents by association. If Unicode is to be used extensively, it is worth upgrading to Windows 2000 or XP, since many more applications can support Unicode correctly on these platforms. The Unicode input will only work in document windows. It will not work in any dialog boxes, such as find or replace. If you need to do this, type the text you wish to find into a new document, copy it to the clipboard, and paste this into the dialog box.

Geez Keyboard Layout Guide

Keys h H (`h)* or (`H)* l or L m (`s) or W r or R s S q Q b or B t T c C n N (a) or x (A) or X k K w or W z Z Y d D j or J g G

Alone A A

u U U

i I I

a

y

e E E

o O O

A

U

I

E

O

Doesn't work unless the Keyboard layout/IME is set to "US" or "Geez Unicode" Start >>>> Settings >>>> control panel >>>>Keyboard.

Keys [ ] or (`S) f or F p P v or V SHIFT+SPACE : SHIFT+SPACE : : : ; SHIFT+SPACE : , :

Alone u

i

a

y

e

o

A

U

I

E

O

Geez Numbers

(works on "US" or "Geez Unicode" Keyboard Layout only)

Keys ` `1 `2 `3 `4 `5 `6 `7 `8 `9

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0

00

000

0000

Doesn't work unless the Keyboard layout/IME is set to "US" or "Geez Unicode" Start >>>> Settings >>>> control panel >>>>Keyboard. You can also view or change the language setting of your keyboard by right clicking on the Geez icon (at any status) and selecting (left clicking) keyman configuration and selecting the Languages tab.

Using "a","A", and "`s" instead of "x" "X" and "W"

To write AAAUAI or any combinations of A and its derivatives, the first and subsequent A need to be preceded by "`". (Doesn't work unless the Keyboard layout/IME is set to "US" or "Geez Unicode") To write AAAUAIA or any combination of A and its derivatives, the first and subsequent A need to be preceded by "`". (Doesn't work unless the Keyboard layout/IME is set to "US" or "Geez Unicode") To write AAAUA or any combination of A and the derivatives of A or vice versa, all the letters after the first A or A need to be preceded by "`". (Doesn't work unless the Keyboard layout/IME is set to "US" or "Geez Unicode") To write or any combination of and its derivatives, the first and subsequent need to be preceded by "`". (Doesn't work unless the Keyboard layout/IME is set to "US" or "Geez Unicode") The letter "a" plays two roles. When it is preceded by any E, it converts the E into E. It is also used on its own to represent A. These roles may get mixed up when writing some words and lead to an error. For example, when writing the word A the letter "a" used after "b" converts to instead of the intended A. To solve this problem, the letter "b" needs to be followed by " `a " to get . Hence, to write A you use "b`ale" = instead of "bale" = . Similarly, "A" plays two roles. When it is preceded by some E, it converts the E into letters such as ,,,, etc. It is also used on its own to represent . These roles can also get mixed up when writing some words and lead to an error. For example, when writing the word the letter "A" used after " b" converts to instead of the intended . To solve this problem, the letter "b" needs to be followed by "`A" to get . Hence, to write you use "b`Aale" = instead of "bAle" = . Use this technique for related mix-ups that may be encountered. These problems are not encountered when "x" and "X" are used to represent A and A respectively.

Geez Unicode email

HOW TO SEND (& READ) GEEZ E-MAIL IN THE OUTLOOK EXPRESS AND OUTLOOK OUTLOOK EXPRESS

Sending Options · Make sure that the Mail Sending Format is HTML

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Tools ->Options->Send tab -> Mail Sending Format -> HTML Run Geez and create your message as usual Click the "Send" button to send your message. A message box asking whether you want to send the message as "Unicode" or "A s is" is displayed. Select the "Send As Is" button.

Reading (Receiving Options) · Make sure that the "User Defined" font setting is selected Tools -> Options -> Read -> Fonts -> Font settings -> User Defined

OUTLOOK

Tools >>>> Options >>>>"Mail format" tab ---------Send in this message format should be "HTML" Tools >>>> Options >>>>International Options------------"Use this encoding for outgoing messages:" should be "User Defined"

N.B. You can also send and receive e-mail messages, using Unicode compliant operating systems, from web-based e-mail services such as yahoo and hotmail. Tested on Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional

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