Input methods

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This is a list of input methods for Toki Pona, including different scripts, such as sitelen pona.

Latin script input[edit | edit source]

ASCII syllabary (jan Lentan)[edit | edit source]

ASCII syllabary keyboard layout (Desktop)
Android-based 12-key keyboard layout

In 2022, jan Lentan developed an experimental keyboard layout, inspired by jan Misali's toki pona ASCII syllabary.[1][2] It is currently not available for download, either for desktop or mobile.

jan Lentan sets out the following guidelines for his system:

  • None of the lowercase characters for existing letters should used.
  • Syllables in the form jV use the capital version of their respective vowel.
  • If Cu syllable uses a capital letter, the corresponding Ci is its lowercase version.
  • If Co syllable uses a capital letter, the corresponding Ca is its lowercase version.
  • The numbers keys 1, 2, 3, and 5 are used for wan, tu, mute, and luka, respectively (as in their first mora of the words).
  • The words li and mi are mapped to J and I keys, respectively.
  • The syllable lu is additionally mapped to the V key for easy accessibility.

Gboard[edit | edit source]

Gboard is a virtual keyboard app for Android and iOS. It lacks a Toki Pona keyboard option. To add Toki Pona words to the suggestion box, follow the instructions below:

  • Install this ZIP file (all nimi ku suli)
  • Tap the settings icon on your keyboard
  • Go to Dictionary > Personal dictionary
  • Select "All languages" or choose your preferred language
  • Tap the three-dots icon on the top-right corner
  • Select "Import"
  • Locate the downloaded ZIP file and tap to import it
  • Click "Save"

sitelen pona input[edit | edit source]

Ajemi[edit | edit source]

Typing kijetesantakalu lili pi toki pona li suwi mute using Ajemi

Ajemi is an input method editor developed by dec32 in 2024, using RIME.[3][4] It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Sitelen Pona Keyboard Layout (jan Lepeka)[edit | edit source]

Keyboard layout by jan Lepeka

In 2022, jan Lepeka created a sitelen pona keyboard, in which keys are directly mapped to UCSUR codepoints. Commons words are typed with no modifiers, while rarer words are typed with the Shift modifier key, as well as the AltGr (Windows/Linux) and Option (macOS) keys.[5] It is currently available on the KreativeKorp website.

In 2023, she also made a set of keycaps for this layout.[6][7] In 2024, jan Sawaki created a webpage to practice using this layout.[8]

Toki Pona Keyboard (Timeo Pochin)[edit | edit source]

Layout of the Toki Pona Keyboard
Intermediate keys in the Toki Pona Keyboard

The Toki Pona Keyboard is a virtual keyboard app for Android created by Timeo Sam Pochin.[9] It uses standard Android libraries. This keyboard has sitelen pona key caps, however the text it types is actually plain text, therefore it only types sitelen pona when a font supporting ASCII input is used in the desired text box.

The keyboard consists of four rows and seven columns. The leftmost two columns are the eight most used words (li, e, ni, a, mi, toki, pona, ala). The columns 3 through 6 contain words starting with each letter of the alphabet, sorted alphabetically: ale, en, ike, jan, kama, la, ma, nimi, o, pi, sina, tawa, utala, wile. The remaining keys include punctuation and formatting options.

In order to insert the word on the key cap, the key should be tapped twice. For all remaining words, one must tap the first letter (light blue ⬛︎) on this part of the keyboard, and then tap the key for the second letter (cyan ⬛︎), and, if the second letter was dark cyan ⬛︎, optionally the third letter. The last column lacks any words and consists of the following symbols/actions (dark blue ⬛︎): period, question mark, backspace and new line. To type a dash between two words, the first word must be dragged towards the second one. This functionality exists to type scales compound glyphs in fonts such as linja pona. Additionally, non-pu words are highlighted in an orange background. ⬛︎

Wakalito[edit | edit source]

Wakalito keyboard layout as of v. 7.0

Wakalito is a keyboard layout created by jan Likipi and kala pona Tonyu in 2022.[10][11] It is based on the glyph components in sitelen pona to type words, similar to Cangjie for Chinese characters. It is available on all desktop platforms and on iOS.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. jan Lentan. "toki pona keyboard layout". lipu-sona.pona.la. Retrieved 2 January 2024.
  2. jan Misali. "toki pona ASCII syllabary". seximal.net. Retrieved 2 January 2024.
  3. dec32. "Ajemi". GitHub. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  4. "RIME" (in Chinese). rime.im. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  5. Rebecca Bettencourt (jan Lepeka). "Sitelen Pona Keyboard Layout". KreativeKorp. Retrieved 31 December 2023.
  6. jan Lepeka [u/RebeccaRGB]. "sitelen ponakeycaps". Reddit. Retrieved 2 January 2024.
  7. jan Lepeka [RebeccaRGB]. (26 October 2023). "sitelen-pona-keycaps". GitHub. Retrieved 31 December 2023.
  8. jan Sawaki. "sitelen pona typist". zSnout. Retrieved 17 January 2024.
  9. Timeo Sam Pochin [timeopochin]. (30 May 2020). "Toki Pona Keyboard". GitHub. Retrieved 31 January 2024.
  10. kala pona Tonyu. "pali suli". kala.li.pona.la. Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  11. Theodore Dubois (jan Tepo). "nasin sitelen Wakalito". App Store. Retrieved 15 December 2023.