uniKode for Lao 1.01
Requiring outdated support
One of the first things you need to consider before installing the application is making sure you have .NET Framework version 1.1 on your computer. This is a major setback, having seen that the latest version is not recognized by the application, making it difficult to deploy on more recent Windows iteration.
An easy to use on-screen keyboard
However, that is the only major requirement, the application working flawlessly once deployed. When launched, it brings up a virtual keyboard on your desktop that lets you insert Lao characters into nearly any kind of text document.
Take caution, because characters only appear correctly if the target application has the font set to Lao unicode (Lao UI). What's more, you can choose the keyboard emulation method to be either send-it or copy-paste, the latter providing a higher degree of compatibility with applications or web chat boxes that don't have font selection.
Choose a typing method
Additionally, you can select whether to trigger buttons on mouse click or when hovering the cursor over it. Unfortunately, there is no implemented function that binds characters to keyboard buttons, so you mostly have to use the mouse.
Taking everything into consideration, we can say that uniKode for Lao is a lightweight and straightforward accessibility tool that might come in handy for Lao speakers. It gets the job done well, but requirements might have you looking for alternatives that don't rely on outdated programs to run.
Reviewed by Mircea Dragomir on September 11th, 2014
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Application descriptionuniKode for Lao is a desktop Lao keyboard that may work with most Windows software even with office or messaging appli...