Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Typing Dhivehi/Maldivian

Dhivehi/Maldivian is spoken by about 350,000 people in the Republic of Maldives. It uses the right-to-left Thaana script, for which OS X does not yet have either a font or a keyboard layout.

For a keyboard layout, try this:

For fonts, try these:

I'm not sure which app will display Dhivehi most correctly -- try TextEdit, Open/Neo/LibreOffice, and Mellel. Feedback from readers about whether any of these do a good job with this script would be welcome.


Anonymous said...

have you noticed that the katakana transcriptions under the kanji and hiragana in Lion are incorrect? Vowels and syllables starting with "y" have been switched. Do you know how this can be brought to the attention of the developers?

Tom Gewecke said...

Please email me details about exactly where you are seeing what you describe, with screenshot if possible. tom at bluesky dot org

Anonymous said...

Hello All;
We need a Native Maldivian resource to provide us with Dhivehi Locales!! please contact me asap(