Diné/Eng Keyboard


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Welcome to the home of Diné/Eng Keyboard on the web. Here you will find answers to some of your questions, features list, as well as instructions on usage.

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How to find the keyboard after it is installed on your device

Android 8/9 (Oreo/Pie): Settings -> System -> Languages & Input -> Virtual Keyboard -> Manage Keyboards -> toggle Diné/Eng Keyboard

Android 7 (Nougat): Settings -> Languages & Input -> Virtual Keyboard -> Manage Keyboards -> toggle Diné/Eng Keyboard

Q&A


What is the purpose of the Diné/Eng Keyboard?

To be a replacement keyboard for native Diné Bizaad speakers, enabling users to communicate completely in their native language.

Why is English part of the Diné/Eng Keyboard?

The keyboard offers English as well, allowing for usage across the entire spectrum of speakers. Initially, our main goal was to fill the gap of an underserved language, in this case Diné Bizaad. However, there is a large group of people who would be interesed in using the keyboard for things like practicing to spell, to read, and to learn the language. For this reason, we offer both, so that a user can go between languages without having to switch keyboards constantly.

I want to help, how can I be involved?

We would like to offer the keyboard information in either language, for example, the Settings of the keyboard. If you want to take a stab at doing some translations, and send them to us, we welcome the help.

I heard about this app, but I'm not Diné, what about my language?

This app/keyboard can easily support any written language, though our main focus would be on our fellow Native languages that do not have their own keyboards. Are you a person of authority amongst your people and are interested in a keyboard for your language?, contact us.

I have an iPhone, how come there isn't a version on the App Store?

Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow for a standalone keyboard app. They require any keyboards to be bundled within another app. We have plans to release a keyboard for Apple devices in the future. Moving forward with the Android version was the quickest way to go, since we wanted to know whether there was any demand for an app such as this.

Hey, I typed in a word, and the keyboard suggestions didn't find it. How come?

We plan on adding thousands more words to the keyboard, but the amount of support received will likely determine how much resources we can continue to put into the app. Initially, the word list will not be large, but over time, we hope to cover the entirety of the language.

Why did the Diné/Eng Keyboard crash while I was using it?

Keyboard software is more complicated than it seems. We are continually trying to improve, especially crashes.

Why was the Diné/Eng Keyboard so slow when I was using it?

This is something we are aware of. We are continually striving to find ways to improve performance.

How come the Diné/Eng Keyboard isn't what I wanted, and it doesn't live up to my lofty expectations?

We hate to disappoint. We hope our users understand we do the best we can with what little resources we have currently at our disposal. We will try to do better. :\

How come the Diné/Eng Keyboard isn't as good as my normal keyboard?

We are doing the best we can. :)

Features


The Diné/Eng Keyboard is very versatile, and allows for lots of customization

User can pick from 9 different colors to display keyboard

User can choose to show or not show key borders for all available colors

User can choose to display key preview or not

User can turn on/off Diné Bizaad suggestions

User can turn on/off English suggestions

User can turn on/off 'smart space' feature (add a space after picking a word suggestion. The keyboard removes the space if unnecessary)

User can choose to show or not show recently used words in the suggestions list

User can choose to allow multi-word search or not

User can choose to clear frequently used Diné words (empty memory)

User can choose to clear frequently used English words (emtpy memory)

User can choose to clear frequently used Custom words (empty memory)

User can choose to clear current suggestions (meant for multi-word search)

Usage


Let's go over correct usage of some features

What is Key Preview? This setting will show the user which key is currently being touched by enlarging the key, making it easy for the user to see. By default, this feature is turned on.

What are Suggestions? The keyboard attempts to guess what word you are typing by showing some suggestions at the top of the keyboard as you type. This is the unique feature of this keyboard, since no other keyboard does this, or does this as well as the Diné/Eng Keyboard for Diné Bizaad.

The keyboard allows to turn off just English suggestions, or just Diné Bizaad suggestions, or have both of them on, or to not have any suggestions at all. By default, this feature is turned on for both languages.

Why is there a setting to add a space after picking a suggestion? This is merely a user's preference. Some people prefer to have a space, others do not. Adding a space after picking a suggestion can be thought of as helping speed up typing. This setting also will remove the space if the next key press determines the space key unnecessary. By default, this feature is turned on.

What is the recently used suggestions setting? The keyboard remembers the words you pick from the suggestions list, and puts those at the beginning of subsequent searches, thus attempting to speed up the process of finding the word you want. The keyboard does this for both Diné Bizaad and English, or just one or the other, providing your most used words first. By default, this feature is turned on for both languages.

What is Multi-word search? The keyboard will allow and search for Diné Bizaad words that are comprised of more than one word, as opposed to searching for a single word each time you type something. By default this setting is turned off.

The keyboard is also very flexible in allowing the user to clear any of the frequently used word lists (Diné Bizaad, English, Custom).

What is the custom word list, or custom list of frequently used words? There will be times when the user will come across words that don't exist in the possible words for the keyboard to suggest, Diné Bizaad and English. The keyboard allows the user to type a missing word, and it will show as the only suggestion. The user can then pick this suggestion, and it will show up as a frequently used word in suggestions.

How does the keyboard 'memory' work? There are 20 slots for Diné Bizaad words, 20 for English words, and 10 slots for custom word entries. As you use the keyboard and its memory, entries will be entered in a FIFO (First In, First Out) fashion. You can think of each list as a conveyor belt, that moves in a single direction, one slot per suggestion picked. So, each time a suggestion is picked, the word goes on the conveyor belt, and it is moved one unit. This means if frequently used words happen 1 in 20 times, that word would never leave the frequently used words list.

Finally, the user can choose to opt out of any suggestions being given by the keyboard at any time. This feature was envisioned for usage in conjunction with the multi-word search. This feature simply clears any current suggestions list from what is currently being typed.

The memory wipe features can be found by long pressing the comma and period ( , and . ) keys on either side of the space bar. Either key has a small 'x' in the upper right corner of each key, to mark them. On the comma side, 'X' clears current suggestions list. 'U' clears the custom words list. On the period side, 'D' clears the Diné Bizaad list. 'E' clears the English list.

Why is this so complicated? We strive to provide a comprehensive, flexible, and best solution possible. Luckily, the keyboard is ready to go upon installation without any knowledge whatsoever of the information contained on this website. :)

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