Unibox Demonstration Page

You can add easily add a multilingual Unicode-compliant text box such as the box below to your own pages, using our UniBox Java applet, currently under development.

The default "English" keyboard is capable of typing the entire Latin-1 (ANSI) character set. With any keyboard, in order to add an accent or other modifying diacritic to a character, first type the character, then press F2, then type the accent or other diacritic. Many diacritics which do not have their own keys on the ordinary computer keyboard are mapped to easily-remembered mnemonic keys. E.g., a slash (/) is the accent key to write o-slash ("o + F2 + /") or the cent sign ("c + F2 + /"); the yen sign can be typed with "Y + F2 + ="; an inverted question mark is typed "? + F2 + ?"; the digraph "ae" is typed "a + F2 + e"; polytonic Greek breathing marks are typed with the "(" and ")" keys; etc.

Eventually, Unibox will be capable of typing and rendering correctly almost all the world's languages, as is the case with UniEdit, its sister application for Windows. Currently, however, Unibox is capable of typing only in alphabets (Roman, Cyrillic, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, etc.) and "simple" syllabaries (Japanese hiragana and katakana, Amharic, Inuktitut, Cherokee, etc.).

At the moment, the only web browser that handles Unibox without glitches is Netscape 6, with Java 2 support, on Windows and Linux/Unix. This list will grow as we resolve various performance issues and as the computing world--particularly the Macintosh world--improves its Java support.

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We anticipate that the Unibox multilingual edit box Java applet will be freely available for download and use for nonprofit educational use. It will also be licensed at a nominal fee for commercial use.