Lebanese Keyboard for MAC

Today, I have great news for all MAC users. I finally developed a Lebanese keyboard for the MAC system.

The Lebanese keyboard for MAC is also simple and easy to use. You do not need to install any additional fonts. All you need to do is download the keyboard from the link provided below and put it in your “Keyboard Layouts” folder under the “Library” folder on the main disk.

How it works: It works the same as the English keyboard. Your use of your English will remain unaffected, and you can revert to it at any time. The Lebanese keyboard makes use of the Option key and CAPS button to allow typing in the 7 additional characters in Lebanese.

The additional letters to the regular keyboard are in upper and lowercase description: Ḋḋ, Ġġ, Ḣḣ, Ḱḱ, Ṫṫ, Ṡṡ and Żż.

“Option” plus d, g, h, k, t, s or z on your keyboard yields ḋ, ġ, ḣ, ḱ, ṫ, ṡ or ż respectively on your screen.

“Caps Lock” plus “Option” plus D, G, H, K, T, S or Z on your keyboard yields Ḋ, Ġ, Ḣ, Ḱ, Ṫ, Ṡ or Ż respectively on your screen.

Note: The Lebanese Letters are all Unicode 5.0 compatible, and the best font to use with the Lebanese letters is “Tahoma”.

Instructions:

  1. Download the keyboard file ( right click and save as…)
  2. Put the keyboard file in your “Library”>>”Keyboard Layouts” folder
  3. Restart your computer

Make sure that your keyboard has the .keylayout extension. Sometimes it downloads as lbkmac.keylayout.xml instead of lbkmac.keylayout. Therefore, you have to remove the .xml ending and rename it.

Open the International pane of System Preferences (Language & Text on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and later). On the Input Menu (Input Sources in 10.6 or later) tab, your new keyboard layout should be listed — you will likely need to scroll the list down to find it. Click the check box next to it to make it active. You should then see it in the input menu. Select it, and you should now be able to type with your keyboard layout.

You will see a language toolbar somewhere on your screen (top right), select “L.B.” to switch to Lebanese keyboard.

Have Fun.

Maroun Kassab