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Keyboard Editing

Entering hieroglyphs

To enter signs with the keyboard, click in the main window (the one that displays the actual hieroglyphic text, not in the one with the so-called “Manuel de codage”). When you type a letter or a number in the main window, this letter or number appears in the small panel in the bottom left panel of JSesh. This allows you to type “Manuel de Codage” codes.

  • Lots of signs have phonetic codes, which correspond to their translitteration;
  • all signs are accessible through their code in Gardiner's grammar. To find the code, you can push at the “Basic Hieroglyphs” button or look at the hieroglyphic palette.

Once the code is typed, you must validate it. To validate, type one of space, ':', '*', '-', enter

The sign will be added to the hieroglyphic text.

Phonetic codes can correspond to more than one sign. For instance, iw corresponds to one of ,, , and . The “official” sign for iw is according to the manuel . However, you might want another sign. In this case, it's quite simple : press the space bar, and the system will circle through the possibilities, one at a time.

Your last choice will be retained the next time you type the code in this session.

Phonetic codes

The uniliteral signs have the following codes, which are also used when typing transliteration:

Code Letter
A ꜣ (aleph)
i i҆ (yod)
y y
a ꜥ (ayin)
w w
b b
p p
f f
n n
r r
l l
h h
z z
s s
S s
k k
g g
t t
d d

W is also used for Z7, M for Aa15, and N for S3.

Grouping signs

The sign you type when validating can be used to group the hieroglyphs. Both 'space' and '-' have the simple effect that the next sign will be added in a new cadrat.

  • ':' and '*' will add the next sign respectively below and besides the last sign entered.
  • 'enter' has two consequences : it validates a sign (if there is one), and it adds a new line.

If no code has been entered (that is, if the code window is entered), the previous grouping sign type will group the last two cadrats. It looks a bit strange, but you will see that it's quite natural. you can use it to group signs as an afterthough.

Exempli gratia

If you want to type the word pt, you can :

  • type 'p', then '*', 't', ':', 'pt'
  • type 'p', 't', then '*', space (which kind of validates the '*'), pt, ':', and space.
doc/ar/keyboardediting.txt · Last modified: 2016/10/12 14:14 (external edit)