The Whistle Collector wrote:
I know they aren't called accent marks for the Gaelige language, I actually forgot what the instructor called them, but I was wondering how to type them on the computer. I can't type Gaelige properly because I don't know how to add those marks.
Can anyone help me on how to do it? I would appreciate that.
There are a couple of ways to do it, depending on your computer.
One option is to change your keyboard preference to "Ireland -- Irish." That will turn your right "ALT" key into what is, on European keyboards, the "ALT GR" key. Once you've done that, all you have to do is hold down that key while typing the vowel you want accented.
Doing that will change some other things around as well, though, so it it's a shared computer, or if that seems inconvenient to you, you can use ALT codes instead. To use an ALT code, you hold down either ALT key while typing a series of numbers on the number pad on the right-hand side of your computer (not the numbers across the top of the keyboard). Make sure your NUM LOCK is set to "on," then use the following codes:
ALT 0225 = á
ALT 0233 = é
ALT 0237 = í
ALT 0243 = ó
ALT 0250 = ú
ALT 0193 = Á
ALT 0201 = É
ALT 0205 = Í
ALT 0211 = Ó
ALT 0218 = Ú
ALT codes may seem fussy, but once you get used to them, you just touch type them without even thinking about it.
BTW, for those of you who are learning Scottish Gaelic, the ALT codes for those accents are one less than for the Irish accents. So, ALT 0224 = à, ALT 0232 = è, etc.
I don't know what the accents are called in Scottish Gaelic, but in Irish the technical name is "síneadh fada" (long accent), or just "fada" for short. Most folks just say "fada."