Jawi keyboard

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Normal Position
Shift Position

The Jawi keyboard layout is a keyboard layout for writing the Jawi script on the Windows platform. It is based on a standard set by SIRIM (Standard Malaysia) in 2011. The layout was devised by Technical Committee in Multi-Lingual Computing at SIRIM. It was approved in 2011.[1] [2]

The design is based on 3 principles;

  • the layout is based on existing Arabic keyboard layout since many Jawi characters are based on Arabic characters
  • Make minimal changes to the existing layout
  • Add feature to support Jawi

As a result, the Technical Committee agree on two designs, Normal Position and Shift Position.

Apart from the SIRIM approved Jawi Keyboard for Windows, a phonetic Jawi keyboard layout that is based from macOS Jawi (QWERTY) that was written for Windows is also available.[3] This version of the keyboard layout is different as it allows typing without the need of an Arabic Keyboard for a more natural typing on a normal QWERTY Keyboard.


  1. ^ Department of Standards Malaysia (2012). MS 2443:2012 Information technology - Jawi coded character set for information interchange. Department of Standards Malaysia.
  2. ^ Department of Standards Malaysia (2011). MS 2396:2011 Information technology - Keyboard layout for Jawi characters. Department of Standards Malaysia.
  3. ^ Jawi Phonetic