For the benefit of those who are new to this Wikipedia, this Help page is written in modern English.
== Typing ==
''(For further and more detailed information, see [[Help:On Englisce Ƿrītan]])''
As with anything else, in order to type in Old English, you will need the proper tools to fit the job. Because of automated page conversion, there is no need to type using ȝƿ or runes; and you should not type with runes at all, because it is much more difficult to accurately convert from runes to the Latin alphabet than vice verse. As such, it would be best for you to have a keyboard which could write vowels with macrons, write æ and ǣ, and write þ and ð. Note that all page names will be written using gw, although there may still be a few pages around written in non-gw, which need cleaning up.
# A software-based keyboard can be downloaded [http://megse.unm.edu/research/internal/keyboards.html here]. The provided link also includes instructions on how to type the extra characters, installation, and switching between keyboards. Alternatively, you can create your own software-based custom keyboard layout with a program such as [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/goglobal/bb964665.aspx Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator]. This allows you to organize the extra characters according to what feels natural to you.
# An alternative is to use the Icelandic keyboard layout, although this will not cover the full range of characters you will need.
# If you use Mac OS X, you can download a pre-made keyboard layout [http://groups.google.com/group/eald-englisc/web/Anglo-Saxon.keylayout here], and save it to your '''Hard Drive > Library > Keyboard Layouts''' folder. Upon a system restart, and enabling your new layout in your '''System Preferences > International > Input''' pane, you will now have "Anglo-Saxon" as an option for your system. A map of this specific layout can be seen [http://groups.google.com/group/eald-englisc/web/rtende-englisc-on-num-mac here]. If you wish to write an article in Runes, creating your own layout will be especially helpful.
# You can use ALT codes. A table of numeric values for Windows-based systems is provided on [[Help:On Englisce Ƿrītan]], and on Macintosh, the custom Anglo-Saxon layout (which is based on '''US International''') is shown [http://groups.google.com/group/eald-englisc/web/rtende-englisc-on-num-mac here].
# You can create Autocorrect values for typing in Microsoft Word.
# In the X Window System, used in free software operating systems such as GNU/Linux and the various BSDs, it is not too hard to customise the keyboard. Specially relevant to customise a keyboard are a Unicode character map such as gucharmap, and editing, as root, the console-setup configuration file at /etc and the Compose file.
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