Arabic keyboard

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The Arabic keyboard (Arabic: لوحة المفاتيح العربية‎, lawḥat al-mafātīḥ al-`Arabīyyah) is the Arabic keyboard layout used for the Arabic alphabet. All computer Arabic keyboards contain both Arabic letters and Latin letters, the latter being necessary for URLs and e-mail addresses. Since Arabic is written from right to left, when one types with an Arabic keyboard, the letters will start appearing from the right side of the screen.

Layouts[edit]

Arabic typewriter[edit]

The Arabic layout typewriter was first patented by Selim Shibli Haddad, a Syrian artist and inventor.[1] A British patent was filed three months later, on 1 December 1899, by Philippe Waked, the first person to type a document in Arabic.[2] Both patents expired in 1919, prompting mass production in both Egypt and abroad.[3]

Arabic typewriter keyboard layout.svg

Sakhr/MSX Arabic Keyboard[edit]

KB Arabic Sakhr.svg

IBM PC Arabic Keyboard[edit]

KB Arabic.svg

Mac Arabic Keyboard[edit]

Linux (Ubuntu) Arabic Keyboard[edit]

Ubuntu-arabic-keyboard-layout.png

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Messenger, Robert (17 October 2014). "The Arabic Typewriter Keyboard and the Syrian Artist". oz.Typewriter.
  2. ^ "A Tale of Two Inventors - KC Website".
  3. ^ Zeina Dowidar & Ahmed Ellaithy The Invention of the Arabic Typewriter, 31 October 2019, Kerning Cultures

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