Patch: Swiss German keyboard layout

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This patch adds a new Swiss German keyboard layout.

Many special characters are available if you long-press a key.

The new layout includes an extra row of keys. Therefore I recommend installing the smaller keyboard patch which reduces the default height of the keyboard so it does not take as much space on the screen.

Switching between keyboards may become slower because of the extra row. This cannot be changed unless the other keyboards add another row too. You can install the improved emojis patch to add an extra row to the stock emojis keyboard.




- update compatibility info: the patch is compatible with all versions of SailfishOS up to

- update compatibility info: the patch is compatible with all versions of SailfishOS 3

- add a few more accents to the following keys: 1, 2, 3, ?, r, c
- add a few more symbol keys at the following positions: 7, 8, ü, s, x

- fix compatibility with SFOS

- rename to "Deutsch (Schweiz)" in list of available keyboards
- make file names internally less ambiguous

1.0.0: initial public release


John's picture

Does not work on my XA2 running SFOS 4.0

ichthyosaurus's picture

Thanks for reporting! Actually, I don't see why this should break... maybe rebuilding the patch will already help. Otherwise, it's the same as with the smaller keyboard patch:

Unfortunately, I can't update the patch because I didn't upgrade to SFOS 4.0 yet (I'm hoping for 4.1 to be more stable). If you know how to use the terminal and git, you can grab the sources here, fetch the patch tool here, hook it up with your phone and run sailfish-patch -u in the folder with this patch's config file. (The tool will tell you the next steps.)

Vieno's picture

Thanks for this super German keyboard, 'coz imho overloading of keys is superior to sub pages. I'm still learning where my often used spezial keys are. I wonder why the both keys aside the space key ain't got supercharged. The would be at a preferable position for overloading. Are there technical constrains? If you want to add a nice additional character for dot, it will be bullet •

ichthyosaurus's picture

Glad you like it :)

The reason why there are no accents added to these keys is that the spacebar row isn't part of the "keyboard layout". So I could change it in this patch, but then it would be changed for all keyboard layouts. If I find some time I could look into making a separate patch for this.

ichthyosaurus's picture

I added a new patch, have a look :)

melg01's picture

It's excellent, or better said, it used to be... would be very nice to get an actualized version for SFOS
And maybe some hints for advanced configuration (changing keys/characters, maybe addind tab and cursor keys too).

ichthyosaurus's picture

At the moment, I'm unable to update my phone to the newest version of SFOS, so I can't test it. If you can run

pkcon download . jolla-keyboard

and send me the file, I can try to update the patch. (It should already work with versions 0.7.1 through 0.7.3.)