Māori Dvorak Keyboard Layout
A few years ago I spent 6 weeks learning to touch-type with the Dvorak keyboard layout, in which I am now fluent. To turn your standard QWERTY keyboard into a Dvorak keyboard, you just need to tell what ever operating system you wish to do so. It’s quite simple really.
Then Microsoft made a Māori Keyboard Definition, which lets you type macronised vowels. It is a QWERTY layout, but you can type a ` (backtick) key (the one above Tab) and then type a vowel and it would type the macron.
So I soon learnt that Microsoft have a tool to create your own Keyboard Definitions, called the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC). Examining the QWERTY Māori layout I had installed previously, I duplicated the Dvorak layout and added the backtick macron instructions, and created this: The Māori Dvorak Keyboard Layout.
- Windows 2000 Professional or Server with a Pentium 133 MHz or higher processor and 128 MB of RAM
- Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with a Pentium 233 MHz or higher processor and 128MB of RAM
- 35 MB of available hard-disk space
The files below are distributed “as is”, with no obligations or technical support from anyone.
- Māori Dvorak Keyboard (Two Handed) Layout Installer (.ZIP, 16kb) (Edit: doesn’t work on Win10+)
- .klc MSKLC Source File — used to create the above installer
If anyone would like the one-handed Left- or Right-handed Māori keyboard layouts made, Contact Me and I’ll happily create them for you.
- Download the ZIP file and extract the files to your desktop.
- Double-click MaoriDv2.msi and follow the instructions.
- Follow the instructions for installing the standard Māori keyboard, but instead of choosing Māori, choose Māori-Dvorak (Two-Handed) from the available keyboard layouts.
- Any problems? Contact your nearest computer guru for assistance, not me.
` then a = ā
` then e = ē
` then i = ī
` then o = ō
` then u = ū
` then shift + a = Ā
` then shift + e = Ē
` then shift + i = Ī
` then shift + o = Ō
` then shift + u = Ū
` then ` = `
shift + ` = ~