How Inscript key combinations work:
We highly recommend use of Inscript keyboard layout for typing Devnagari text, not only for ensuring standardization of text-rendering in Hindi but also for the sheer convenience it brings to computer users by a very innovative layout and inbuilt scripts to create complex letters dynamically.
In this technology, when more than one letters are typed in succession, the system checks to see if they make a complex or half letter. If they do, it converts them into the target letter. Due to this, you will never need to remember keys that form complex letters (ksha, tra, shra etc) and half letters, because they are dynamically generated by the system itself. Here are a few examples:
Half characters: You don't need to type half characters individually. You just type the full character associated with the target half character (for example, is the corresponding full character associated with ). To create , you just type and type the (halant) character after it. When the system will see the key combination, it will automatically convert the two characters into one: . Similarly, character, followed by (halant) will dynamically create letter . You can carry on with your typing afterwards.
Complex characters: Just like in the above case, complex characters also get generated dynamically when the system encounters a combination of relevant keys. For example, character is automatically created when you type , and . In the same manner, character gets created when you type , and .
Matras: In the Inscript style, you type all the matras after the character with which the are to be associated is typed. This rule is applicable even with Chhoti Ee matra (). To write , you write first, and then .
Upper Ref: You can create upper ref ('r' on top, as in the word ) can be written in two ways. Either by typing Ra followed by halant or by pressing the English key that has the $ sign.
A few examples of how Inscript key combinations work:
Golden rule of Inscript: To understand Inscript better, you should remember a golden rule: All the letters are typed in just they way they are spoken. Like, when we pronounce we speak first, then and then and finally (matra). We type the letters in the same order. If they are to be displayed in a different order, the Inscript system takes care of that (by auto-adjusting letters), and we don't need to worry about that.