Norbert’s Corner

Bringing Balinese to iOS

October 27, 2015

While iOS itself only supports the most popular writing systems of the world, recent changes have made it possible for third parties to provide the core support, fonts and keyboards, for additional writing systems. This article discusses how to implement fonts and keyboards for a complex writing system for iOS, based on my experience developing the Balinese Font and Keyboard app.   

Installing Fonts on iOS

June 24, 2015

Some apps need to install fonts for system-wide use on iOS, for example when also providing third party keyboards for writing systems that iOS doesn’t support. This article describes how such apps can package and install fonts, based on my experience bundling the Ubud font with the Balinese Font and Keyboard app.   

Developing Keyboards for iOS

December 5, 2014

With iOS 8, Apple provides an extension API that lets third-party developers create custom keyboards for iOS. This article provides some tips for developers from my experience developing the English IPA keyboard, from looking at a number of other keyboards, and from discussions on Apple’s developer forum.   


April 16-30, 2014

Photos from Bali and West Sumatra.