It is tough for people not living in an Arabic country to have an Arabic keyboard at hand. Of course you could buy one online probably for home usage, but what if you needed to have it say, at an internet café or at the airport’s internet terminal?
It basically comes down to two choices:
- Either you need to learn the arabic keyboard by heart (good luck!)
- Or then you are a reader of THE MUSLIM GEEKS, your techy blog for muslims, and you remember reading that article about an online phonetic Arabic text editor called YAMLI !
Yamli is a “smart” Arabic keyboard because unlike other visual keyboards you can find online, it translates the Latin phonetic writing of Arabic that many people use while chatting, texting or writing casual emails into magical Arabic words!
As you know this type of writing mixes letters and numbers to compensate for the missing sounds in Latin languages. bellow is a little memo on this type of writing.
Memo on Arabic phonetic writing:
- Letter “أ” : is written with a “2” like in 2adab (أدب)
- Letter “ع” : is written with a “3” like in 3arab (عرب)
- Letter “خ” : is written with a “5” like in 5alid (خالد)
- Letter “ح” : is written with a “7” like in 7asan (حسن)
- Letter “ق” : is written with a “9” like in 9ur2an (قرآن)
Browser extensions (Firefox, Chrome, not for IE nor Safari though)
Give it a try! I am sure you’ll become addicted. (we did!) and if you do, let me close this post leaving you with this smart idea if you are a OSX user : Use the dashboard (F4) “webclip” widget and take a snap of the YAMLI editor to build your own widget and have it even more easily accessible. Once cliped, F4 and you are ready to type 😉