Setting up a Language in
Test Software Before Installing the Labels
It is always a good idea to test your software
before you install the labels on your keyboard to ensure that the keyboard
layout matches the labels. This ensures that the placement of the labels will
match your keyboard your software. If you are setting up Windows for your
language, you should print this page and follow the instructions for setting up
the language. Then you should go into your word processor, such as Microsoft
Word, WordPad, or whatever word processor you are using, and type each character
(both lower and upper case) and check it against the label to ensure that it
matches. When you are sure that the label layout matches your software, you can
then install the labels.
Adding the Language to Windows
The following instructions will help you to set
up your keyboard layout for the language that matches the DataCal keyboard labels
- Select the Start button in the lower left
corner of the Desktop.
- Select the Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel, double-click the
Regional and Language Options item.
- In the Regional and Languages dialog box,
click on the Languages tab.
- Click on the Details button in the Text services and input languages
section of the Language tab.
- Click the Add button in the Installed services section.
- Click on the arrow to the right of the selector in the Input language
selector and scroll to the desired language.
- The Keyboard Layout/IME should default to the correct keyboard layout
listed on the labels. If it does not, click on the arrow to the right of the
selector in the Keyboard layout/IME selector and scroll to the correct
keyboard layout. Note that there often are different keyboard layouts
for a language. You should select the language and keyboard layout that
matches the DataCal Keytop Label or keyboard.
- Click on the OK button to close the Add input language dialog box.
- When you return to the Text services and input languages dialog box, click
on the Apply button to apply the changes to the new layout. Note that each
language features a small blue box in the Installed services section with 2
letters that indicates the language. English is designated as EN.
- Click on OK to close the Text services and input languages dialog box.
When you return to the Windows Desktop, you can see the language bar in the
lower right corner of the Desktop.
- To change the language and keyboard layout, click on the two-letter
language selector box with the left mouse button to open the language
- Click on the language that you wish to use in the language selector pop up
The language you select will remain in effect in
active Windows application until you select a different language. For example,
if you select a language in Microsoft Excel and English in Microsoft Word, each
application will use that language and keyboard until you exit the application
or you select a different language.
Installing the Labels
Most DataCal labels are arranged on the label
sheet in the same order that you would install them going left-to-right on your
keyboard. Each label has a character (letter, number, or punctuation mark) under
it that indicates the English character on a standard US English keyboard. If
your keyboard is not a standard English US keyboard, you should ignore the
letters under each label. In some cases, an label set may have additional labels
that will not be used. For example, the Arabic 101 labels include both Latin
style numbers and Arabic style numbers. You should use one set or the other, but
not both. Some label sets support different languages depending upon the label
arrangement. For example, the Belarusian/Ukrainian label includes labels to
create either keyboard layout. There are additional labels that you will not
need for the keyboard layout that you select.
We suggest that you go to the web page that shows
the label keyboard layout for the language so you can see how the characters are
placed on the keyboard. You can print the layout page as a reference for
installing the labels. We also recommend that you read the instructions on how
to place the labels. While the technique described on that page is not essential
for installation, it will make the process easier and more efficient.