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Support: Balinese Font and Keyboard

Which characters are provided by the Balinese keyboard?

The Balinese keyboard provides all Balinese characters used for the Balinese language; this includes letters, marks, digits, and punctuation. The keyboard for iPhone has three layers: commonly used characters, less commonly used characters, and digits and punctuation. The keyboard for iPad has two layers: commonly used characters, less commonly used characters including digits and punctuation. Gantungan and gempelan are entered as combinations with the character adeg adeg – see below.

Which iOS fonts support Balinese characters?

iOS 10, 11, and 12 provide only basic support with the Noto Sans Balinese font. iOS 9 does not support Balinese with any builtin font. The Balinese Font and Keyboard app therefore contains a Balinese font named “Ubud”, which can be installed from within the app. The Ubud font is a significantly enhanced version of Noto Sans Balinese.

Which characters are supported by the Ubud font?

The font supports all Balinese characters defined in the Unicode standard, including the ones used for the Balinese language, for the Sasak language, and musical symbols.

Why can’t I use the font and keyboard in other apps?

You can, but you have to install them first – unfortunately, iOS doesn’t do this automatically when you download the app. Follow the instructions in the Font and Keyboard panes of the app.

Do all iOS apps work with this font?

Most iOS apps will work with this font once it’s installed, including Safari, Messages, Mail, Notability, Pages, and more. One known exception is Microsoft Word, which uses its own and less capable font rendering.

Why does Balinese text render differently in other apps?

If you see Balinese text rendered differently in other apps than in the Balinese Font and Keyboard app, then you may not have installed the Ubud font yet. iOS 10, 11, and 12 include the Noto Sans Balinese font, which many Balinese users find inadequate:

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To install the Ubud font for use by other applications, go to the Font pane of the app, tap the “Ubud” button, and continue until the installation is done. In iOS 12.2 and later, you’ll then also have to go to the Settings app, look for an entry “Profile Downloaded” near the top, tap it, then tap “Install”, and follow the steps to complete the installation of the Ubud profile until “Done”. Apps should then use the Ubud font instead of Noto Sans Balinese.

Why can’t my friends see Balinese text that I post on social media?

You can post Balinese text either in the form of text, or in the form of an image.

If you post in the form of text, then to see that text displayed on their devices, your friends need to have a Balinese font installed, just like you:

To post as an image, type the text in the Balinese Font and Keyboard app, then tap the Share button. This creates an image and brings up a dialog that lets you choose what to do with the image.

How do I type consonant clusters with gantungan and gempelan?

In order to type consonant clusters with gantungan and gempelan, insert the Balinese character ◌᭄ (adeg adeg) between Balinese consonants. For example, for the Balinese word ᬦᬗ᭄ᬓ (jackfruit), type ᬦ ᬗ ◌᭄ ᬓ.

Why does the keyboard show some characters in color?

Several Balinese digits look like Balinese letters, for example, the digit eight, , looks like the letter (pa kapal). However, in Unicode digits are separate characters, and some software, such as spreadsheets, may depend on the distinction. The keyboard therefore highlights the digits in color.

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