Setting Input Language
French, German & Spanish on Mac Computers:
Mac computers come ready out-of-the-box to deal with inputting special characters for French, German and Spanish. No steps are necessary to use the keystrokes for these languages as provided on our website.
Chinese Characters on Mac Computers:
PC XP, Vista, Windows 7
Howtogeek.com has an excellent resource for explaining how to set different input languages for XP, Vista or Windows 7 computers. The page is http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12578/add-keyboard-languages-to-xp-vista-and-windows-7/. See below for recommended input language.French, German & Spanish on PC Computers:
We recommend using the English International Keyboard for French, German and Spanish versus the language-specific keyboards. The keystrokes provided on our website are for the English International Keyboard. The PC computers in DF 107 & 109 have the English International Keyboard set as the default input language. If students prefer to use the French, German or Spanish language keystrokes, they may change the input language in the language toolbar.
Chinese Characters on PC Computers:
The PC computers in DF 107 & 109 have both the Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese language input files installed. Students may change the input language to Chinese by changing the input language in the language toolbar according to the following instructions:
Step 1: Open the language bar. (Click on the small EN in the bottom toolbar. Choose "Show the Language bar" from the menu).
Step 2: Select Chinese (PRC).
Step 3. Select Chinese Simplified.
Step 4: Open a program such as Microsoft Word to start writing in Chinese.
Step 5: Type in pinyin sounds. A character bar will appear to allow you to select the appropriate symbol for the pinyin that you entered (as more than one character matches the pinyin).
For further illustrations of how this works with a PC, see http://newton.uor.edu/Departments&Programs/AsianStudiesDept/Language/chinese_write.htm.