The Latvian keyboard labels conform to the Latvian (QWERTY) keyboard layout in Windows. The labels are printed onclear Lexan® so the original key legend shows through; this allows you to addLatvian labels to your existing keyboard so that it becomes a bilingual keyboard(Latvian) and the original language of your keyboard). The labels are availablein blue letters on clear labels (for beige and light colored keyboards) andwhite letters on clear labels (for dark colored keyboards). This language issupported in Windows Vista, XP, ME, and 98.
Note: InWindows Vista, you must select the Latvian (QWERTY) keyboard layout and not theLatvian keyboard layout to be compatible with the DataCal Latvian keyboard labels.
Latvian labels are a very economicaloption for creating a bilingual Latvian keyboard. The language labels use aneasy peel-and-stick method to install. They will not damage the original keyboard key. The letters are printed on the underside ofthe Latvian labels so that the lettering will not wear out. This affords youwith many years of durable use.
DataCallanguage labels are designed to fit desktop and laptop computer keyboards.Laptops with smaller than standard keys may not be compatible with the DataCallabel sets.
Labelsize: 7/16" w X 9/16" H (11mm W X 14mm H)
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Check your keyboard to ensurethat it is compatible. DataCal bilingual labels have the letters andnumbers on the right side of the label. These labels are compatible withkeyboards that have the letters printed on the left side of the key. The labels are not compatiblewith keyboards that have the letter printing in themiddle or on the right side of the key top.
Instructions for TypingLatvian in Windows
The Latvian keyboard layout uses a systemof deadkeys (highlighted in yellow below) to type certain accented characters.To use the deadkey system, first type the deadkey; nothing will appear on thescreen. Next, type the key (generally a vowel) that you wish to combine with thedeadkey. You should then see the accented character that you want on the screen.If you press a deadkey and then a press a key that does not go with that accent(such as pressing an accent and the number "2"), nothing happens; theaccent deadkey must be correct to work. Depending upon the language, deadkeyswork with both unshifted and shifted keys.
The AltGr Key
Many languages include more characters than canbe typed on a standard computer keyboard. To solve this problem, additionalcharacters may be assigned to the right AltGr key (the right Alt key) and/or theShifted AltGr key. In Europe, the right Alt key is referred to as the AltGr key.In the United States, it is merely the right Alt key. It is important to notethat the left Alt key cannot be used as the AltGr key.
Characters that require the AltGr key appear to theleft in the DataCal labels (see illustration to the left). On the number keys,the AltGr characters are centered at the bottom of the label. Shifted AltGr keysare centered at the top of the label. For alpha keys, the AltGr characters arein the lower left corner of the label. Shifted AltGr characters (if differentfrom the lower case AltGr characters), are centered at the top of the label.
The 102 Style Keyboard
This language uses the European style 102keyboard layout. This keyboard layout features a key in the lower left corner ofthe keyboard (next to the US English "Z" key) that is not found onstandard US 101 keyboards. If you are using a standard US 101 keyboard, you willnot be able to use this label. If you are using the US 101 style keyboard andwish to type the characters on the 102 key, you will have to switch back toEnglish to be able to type these characters or use the Alt key input method.
To use the Alt key input method, hold down theAlt key on the keyboard and press the numbers indicated below for the desiredcharacter on the numeric keypad (note that the system only works with thenumeric keypad; it does not work with the number row across the top of thekeyboard).
|Character to type ||Alt Key Sequence |
|> ||Alt + 062 |
|< ||Alt+060 |
|| ||Alt+0124 |
Many languages that use a complex script methodof input, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Punjabi, Hindi, etc., require that you typetwo or more keys in combination to product certain characters. This system isdifferent from the AltGr deadkey because it does not use the AltGr (i.e., theright Alt key) to produce the characters.
To type the combination characters, first pressthe key for the first letter in the combination; nothing will display on thescreen. Next press the second letter required in the combination. When thecombination is complete, it will display on the screen. Languages use more keycombinations than can be listed here. The user should experiment with thelanguage setup in Windows to see exactly what is required to produce thenecessary characters using the key combinations.