Writing Arabic in a US-keyboard is quite painful. Especially if you are not used to arabic keyboard layout.
Personally, I dont like to use add-ons, add-ins, nor other installed application to help me write arabic smoothly, I choose to look for a nice printable that I can place it somewhere around my PC.
I browsed the web and I found that wikipedia had a great entry about Keyboard layout, and it also provide great SVGs for each keyboard layout. Various keyboard layouts are available, from Czech to Tibetan. However, I dont like the sharp boxes look.
Well, I asked my self if I dont satisfy with the available one, why dont make my own arabic printable?
So I started to modify SVG files from here and there. No shopisticated modification needed. Just replace the sharp boxes with rounded ones. And I end up with my own desired printable arabic keyboard layout.
So, what is the advantage of this printable? Nothing special! It just look nicer to me. Beside the fact that is free. You can downloaded it and use it for free. You can even edit my SVG to make your own printable. Its absolutely free to use and modify.
If you dont find my post useful, these links may help you understanding arabic writing better:
- Basic understanding writing arabic in PC. http://www.uga.edu/islam/arabic_windows.html
- Online Arabic keyboard. Just stroke the image, and copy the appearing letters. http://www.islamweb.net/php/php_arabic/keyboard/keyboard.htm and http://www.arabic-keyboard.org/
- My favorit homeschooling resource also provide guidance to stroking arabic letter. http://talibiddeenjr.amanahwebs.com/la_arabic.htm
I hope this printable could help anyone stroking arabic letters better. Happy stroking!