KeymanWeb Amharic Mini is a new website that makes it possible for you to type in Amharic on your Nokia mobile phone, and post your message in Amharic to Facebook.
- You need a mobile phone that can run Opera Mini and is Internet-connected. Many Nokia phones, Blackberry, Symbian phones will work. If you have an Android or iPhone, you will have a better experience with the full-feature KeymanWeb site (in Safari, Chrome or Android Browser).
- Install Opera Mini from the Offical Opera Mini website, if you have not already installed a recent version.
- Configure Opera Mini to make Amharic text visible. On your phone, visit opera:config, find “Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts”, set it to “Yes”, and click “Save”:
Update: You may also need to switch off “Single column view” in Opera Mini Settings.
- That’s it! Visit the Amharic KeymanWeb Mini site on your phone and start “typing”! Click “Post” to post your message to Facebook.
Using the Amharic Keyboard
This keyboard is a cutdown version of the hugely popular GFF Amharic Keyboard. Many thanks to Daniel Yacob of the Geez Frontier Foundation for originally creating this keyboard! This keyboard is designed to work intuitively with a standard (QWERTY) keyboard. This means that the Amharic sounds in this keyboard can be found by thinking of the most similar English letters.
On your mobile phone, the background English letters are hidden from the keyboard because there is not enough room to display them. But the layout remains the same.
This mobile phone keyboard supports Amharic, English and Punctuation layouts.
Some quick tips:
- Click “Sh” to access shifted letters
- On the Amharic keyboard, click “En” to access the English layout
- On the English keyboard, click “!?” to access the punctuation layout
- And when on the punctuation keyboard, click “Am” to access the Amharic layout
- The only edit function is Backspace (Bksp).
- To completely clear your text, refresh the page.
- When you are done, click Post to send your message to Facebook!
Full instructions on the Amharic keyboard can be found on the GFF Amharic keyboard help site.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Which phones does KeymanWeb Amharic Mini work with?
We believe that KeymanWeb Amharic Mini should work with many current Nokia phones, including Nokia 3110, Nokia 6120C, Nokia 5310, Nokia C1, Nokia C3, Nokia 8255, Nokia 6300, Nokia S60, Nokia N95, Nokia 610, Nokia 2700C, Nokia X2-01, Nokia X2-02, Nokia 6085, Nokia Asha 205, Nokia N70, Nokia E71, Nokia C505, Nokia C305, Nokia 5130-C2 and more.
If you have an Android or iPhone, you can use the full-feature KeymanWeb site with Chrome, Android or Safari Browser, and it will be much faster and be much more functional!
2. I see square boxes on the keyboard!
Follow Step 3, “Configure Opera Mini to make Amharic text visible” above. If you still experience trouble, you may need to upgrade your Opera Mini browser (step 2 above).
3. I can only post to Facebook. What about Twitter, and other sites?
KeymanWeb Amharic Mini is a trial project. If it is successful, we will extend it to allow you to post to other websites as well! Tell us what you need so we can work on it!
4. I can only type in Amharic. But I don’t even speak Amharic!
KeymanWeb Amharic Mini is a trial project. If it is successful, we will extend it to support many other languages. Tell us your language so we can work on it!
5. It is slow!
Yes. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the Opera Mini technology. If you have an Android phone, or an iPhone, you can use the full-feature KeymanWeb site with Chrome, Android or Safari Browser, and it will be much faster and be much more functional!