Now with slightly easier installation.
"Esperanto Template.dot" is a template file for Microsoft Word for Windows™ (hereafter called just Word), that allows you to create text with Esperanto accented characters.
The template works with Word 97 and beyond (including Word 2000 and Word 2002), but it is not suitable for earlier versions of Microsoft Word, e.g. Word 95 or Word 7).
Disclaimer: This template was created by Vilĉjo Walker. It is supplied without guarantees. I believe that it works correctly, but I accept no responsibility for any loss caused by problems or errors with the template or its installation.
Do note that the enclosed KL3 spell checker is copyright of its own author, and comes with its own operating conditions (described below).
This page explains about Set-up, Creating a new Esperanto document, Typing Accented Characters, the Esperanto Spelling Checker, Other Commands, Other Programs, Optional Manual Installation, and Updates.
This description refers to the English/US versions of Microsoft Windows and Word. If you use other language versions, the names of the programs and commands might be differ.
If you can see these accented Esperanto characters here (ĈĜĤĴŜŬ ĉĝĥĵŝŭ) then your computer has already been set up to support the necessary Unicode range Latin-Extended A, and you can go straight to step 2.
If you don't see accented Esperanto characters here (ĈĜĤĴŜŬ ĉĝĥĵŝŭ) then you'll need to set up Windows to display them. (Note that you'll probably need your original Windows installation discs for this step...)
In Windows XP and Windows 2000:
For this step, you'll need to know where Word keeps its template files. To find out:
This installs the Esperanto Template.dot into your Word templates folder.
Note that you do have to pay a (trivial) sum to use the spelling checker program; see below.
Windows Vista: Unfortately the KL3 program doesn't run directly in Windows Vista; it's necessary to us a separate program DosBox to run it. That is a more complicated set-up activity, which the installation program (above) doesn't do.
In Word 97:
While you are working in a document created from the Esperanto Template.dot template, the key X is the 'accent' key; it puts an Esperanto accent on the previous letter. Thus keys H then x will give Ĥ (accented H), h then x will give ĥ (accented h). Press x a second time to remove the accent.
The letter x is not part of the Esperanto alphabet and so does not occur in Esperanto words. If you want to have the letter x itself (for example, when typing a place-name or a foreign word), either press keys z then x, or press ALT+x. To have upper-case X, press upper-case Z then x, or SHIFT+ALT+x.
You can also use the x key to turn the dollar character $ into the Euro currency character € and vice-versa.
To launch the utility KL3 from within Word, either
Within the KL3 screen, the keys:
To add a word to KL3's dictionary of 'correct' Esperanto words, choose menu command Tools, Eo Add Spell. This command asks for the word to be added - if you have already selected a word in the text, it proposes this word. To show accents in the input box, type the letter x (so to enter Vilĉjo, type Vilcxjo). If the word is an exact Esperanto root, put a space between the root and the ending (o, a or i ), thus: 'dom o'.
Please note this condition, attached to the use of the KL3 spell-checker:
This program (KL version 3.0) is provided without guarantees.
You may try it for free, but if you use it for more than two weeks, I request that you pay for it. Please send $10 (Canadian or US), or ¥1000 (Japanese yen) to the address shown below. If that is inconvenient, you can pay 14 guilders to my account with UEA (account code lndn-d).
If you have already paid for a previous version, it is not necessary to pay again. You may distribute this program, but please do not charge more than your expenses for disks and postage.
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For more details about the component files of KL3, click here.
If your document contains both Esperanto and English text, and you want to use Word's English language spell checker, chose menu command Tools, Spelling. Note that you can 'hide' Esperanto text from the English spell checker by selecting it then doing the command Tools, Set Language, and choosing (no proofing).
While you are working on a document created with the Esperanto Template.dot template, you have several new commands available:
Menu command Insert, EoDate will enter today's date, as Esperanto text, in the style: YYYY mmmm dd. For example: 2004 aprilo 23.
Menu command Tools, Recode Supersigns... gives a choice of transforming text from various coding conventions to either Unicode or x-code letters. Among the source-format choices are Cx, Ch, various C^ and C<, the Alfadelta (DOS) and Werdin (also known as "Mono") conventions. Because some authors use au for aŭ, you can also choose to 'search and replace' this letter pair. At the top, a dialogue asks if you want to change just the selection, or the whole text document.
Toolbar button , or menu command Tools, EoSpell, or key <f7>, launches the KL3 utility which checks Esperanto spelling (see above).
Menu command Tools, Eo Add Spell adds a new word to KL3's dictionary of 'correct' Esperanto words (see above).
Menu command Tools, Macro shows various macros (little programs) used by the template. If the special key definitions are accidentally lost, use the macro DefMacroKeys to reinitialise them..
Netscape Composer: If you want to paste Unicode Esperanto accented letters into a Netscape Composer document, you must first choose the menu command View, Character Set... and select Unicode (UTF-8).
The file Esperanto Template.dot must go in the Word templates folder.
The other files are used by the KL3 spell-checker, and must go in the folder C:\Program Files\Utils (otherwise the macros in the Word template can't find them).
For more details about the component files of KL3, click here.
Version 2003 December: Renamed the template file from Eo doc(Unicode).dot to Esperanto Template.dot and packaged the component files in self-installing zipfiles.
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Author: wgtwalker at wgtw.co.uk
Date Posted: March 2009