The Lao keyboard labels are printed on clear Lexan® so the original key legend shows through; this allows you to add Lao labels to your existing keyboard so that it becomes a bilingual keyboard(Lao and the original language of your keyboard). The labels are available in blue letters on clear labels (for beige and light colored keyboards) and white letters on clear labels (for dark colored keyboards). This keyboard label set is compatible with the Windows 7 and Vista Lao keyboard layout. Windows XP, ME, 98 and 95do not have a Lao keyboard layout for the Lao language.
Lao labels are a very economical option for creating a bilingual Lao keyboard. The language labels use an easy peel-and-stick method to install. They will not damage the original keyboard key. The letters are printed on the underside ofthe Lao labels so that the lettering will not wear out. This affords you with many years of durable use.
DataCal language labels are designed to fit desktop and laptop computer keyboards. Labelsize: 7/16" w X 9/16" H (11mm W X 14mm H)
How to Setup an International Language in Windows
You must first configure Windows for the international language that you wish to use. After you configure Windows, you will be able to manually select the international language when you wish to use it. For additional information on language setup, see the Windows Help file system of contact Microsoft technical support.
Instructions for Typing Lao in Windows
The AltGr Key
Many languages include more characters than canbe typed on a standard computer keyboard. To solve this problem, additional characters may be assigned to the right AltGr key (the right Alt key) and/or the Shifted 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 AltGrkeys are centered at the top of the label. For alpha keys, the AltGrcharacters are in the lower left corner of the label. Shifted AltGr characters(if different from the lower case AltGr characters), are centered at the top ofthe label.
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.