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Help for an iPad user please :)


#1

When I started on D&D I read that it works best with Chrome, so I have been using it with Chrome on both my Apple computer and iPad. No problems on the computer, but I have a couple of issues I would like to solve on the iPad, because I carry with me at times when I can’t access the computer.

Q1
On the iPad I can’t scroll easily and waste a lot of time time negotiating long threads (the slider on the right of threads works brilliantly on the computer). Also, I can do multiple quotes into a reply on the computer but the iPad doesn’t always allow this. … So I went in search of the Discourse App in the App Store. It downloaded OK, but when I try to add discourse.suttacentral.net it tells me, “This forum is using an outdated version of Discourse “ and doesn’t allow me to do anything more. Can anyone offer advice?

Q2
Does anyone know about a font with diacritics for iPads? I have Unicode on the computer but would really love to be able to type accurate Pali on the Pad.


#2

@Gillian
I don’t know if tthis system (in thread below) of Pali diacritics will work in an ipad but it’s what I use on my desktop mac. it’s easier than unicode (there’s a way to type pali diacritics using that too though I can’t rmember how as I never use it):


#3

Hi @Gillian,
try using “Hinglish” keyboard - that has most of the diacritics.


#4

@Aminah, perhaps you could offer some advice :smiley:


#5

Yep: ditch Apple! :grin:

Sorry, I guess that’s probably not what you’re after, but I have a long standing contempt and know next to nothing about operating their devices (apologies to all the Apple fanatics).


#7

FOund and installed. Thank you. It seems there’s trouble shooting to be done before it actually works. I’ll get back to it later this evening. Do you use it yourself @mkk?


#8

Thanks Linda. Mac computer and device operating systems are different, that’s my issue. I love using Unicode on my Mac as the shortcuts seem intuitive. Hope your Pali learning is progressing faster than mine is atm.


#9

Troubleshooting? As it is pre-installed you only have to activate it and it works out of the box. I use it regularly on my iOS devices. Just tap and hold for example ”t” to get ṭ.

On the Mac I use the english extended keyboard (also a pre-installed keyboard - just activate it). With option+a you get the macron + a is ā. Option+w is the dot above, option+x the dot below.

No extra downloaded keyboards needed for iOS or macOS.


#10

Thank you @mkk for the tip on holding. It still took me 5 mins to figure out that the movement has to be hold+slide! I can do it now: Ṭ ṭ Ā ā Ã ã M̐ m̐ …


#11

Agreed on MacOS, it works perfectly. I’ve been wondering the same thing with iOS though. Hinglish does have ṭṬ, ḍḌ, ṇṆ, Ṅṅ but lacks dotted m or l. (M̐m̐ isn’t the same as dotted m in Pāli).


#12

You are right, it has not all the diacritics, but so far it’s the best alternative I know for iOS. For some characters I have defined shortcuts so I can write ṃ or ṇ or ṅ with my normal keyboard. Just under setting>general>keyboards you might find shortcuts, where you can define your own. In order to create some for chars with diacritics just create a note in the notes app on your mac or copy the character from a sutta. The drawback is, that you have to delete the space character after each time you inserted your shortcut.