Keyboard & Unicode Support
DEC 2000 UK
AUG 2003 Unicode
JUN 2006 French
FEB 2009 German
APR 2009 Russian
JUN 2009 Swiss
JUN 2013 Sections -
May 10, 2006
June 20, 2009 addendum added below
June 13, 2013 Major Sections of
US Standard Keyboard added to bottom
As part of our on-going efforts to
internationalize our operations, I researched into
the issues of international keyboards and Unicode
support in applications, and on the Internet.
Today, 3 of our main systems are on U.S.
International Keyboard. Of course, Vicky continues
to operate in her UK Standard keyboard while in
London. As I increasingly find myself typing in
French on various occasions, it is nice to
be able to directly type accented alphabets,
the guillemets (the French/Russian quotation marks), as well
as the Euro and British Pound symbols, without
having to resort to copy-and-paste, or entering
The 2 officially supported keyboard layout (and
Fig. 1: United States English, International
Fig. 2: United Kingdom English Keyboard
Since 1998 I have been able to
characters (both traditional and
simplified) on at least one of my systems at any
given time. Currently, we do not support any Asian
methods, nor do we have plans to do so in the
foreseeable future. The main reason being my lack of
linguistic proficiency in that area.
I cannot justify the very significant efforts in
learning to type (or even hand-write) Chinese at
this point. The rudimentary amount of Chinese
typing I have done so far, on rare
occasions (mostly for novelty reasons), I "cheated"
by hunting for those characters, and then
On the Unicode front, we have been fully
converted in-house since 2003. Our Exchange 2003
server store, and any OST/PST files on the client
side have long been fully supporting Unicode. I have
been researching the various Unicode-related topics, and
I'm aware of the ramifications, pitfalls,
workarounds, and on-going development/trends.
Therefore, I'm well- poised to advise any clients in
need of venturing into the International arena.
France, Germany, Switzerland and Russia
June 20, 2009
Currently, I type in French and German daily,
with occasional Russian. I also correspond with
Switzerland. Therefore, those keyboard layouts are
now officially supported.
Major Sections of US Standard Keyboard
June 7, 2013