Support of Czech language

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Praetorian®, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. Praetorian® macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2008
    Czech Republic
    I would like to ask if there is the only "language" version of Mac OS X Leopard. I'm going to buy MacBook in US but I need support of czech special characters (ěščřž). So answer is: Can I set Czech Republic as my locale in Leopard in MacBook bought in US? Or are there any special language versions for Europe which only includes these settings?
    If you're not sure about it but you bought your Apple computer with Leopard in US, you can just look in settings and tell me if there is option "Czech Republic" somewhere or not.
    Thank you for your response.
    (Excuse me for my English. I'm not English native speaker.)
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    You can set it to Czech, on my keyboard those letters are assigned to the number buttons but I am assuming your keyboard is set out differently.

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  3. Praetorian® thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2008
    Czech Republic
    You're right about those keys. If you set your keyboard as Czech, special Czech character are on keys where you got numbers by default. When we need numbers, we just press shift + these keys. So we got numbers there too. But those characters are more important. That's why for numbers "shift must be used". ;)

    Thank you very much for your help.
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I forgot to add that there is only one Leopard apple do not sell country/region specific versions. So the disk you will get will be exactly the same as the disk you will get in another country, apart from maybe the language that is used on the packaging.
  5. Praetorian® thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2008
    Czech Republic
    Yea, I thought it's like that. I'm glad there is at least this support of Czech. It would be nice if Apple have added official Czech translation into Leopard. But I think it's very unlikely.
  6. nerdbert macrumors regular


    Nov 7, 2007
    Berlin, Germany
    It might be also possible to access Czech special letters on a US layout via a shortcut.

    I just looked it up for German Umlauts (öäü), because I'm getting a US Macbook as well and I'm thinking about keeping the layout. But I'm not sure I'll get used to :apple:-U+o/a/u
    (and I touch type anyways)
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I believe these are the only languages in which OS X is localized (meaning the operating system interface is only available in these languages):

    But I think that if you set your language as the first priority language in the international tab, any application which has Czech localizations will appear in Czech.
  8. cboteros macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2010
    Yes, you can write Czech diacritics in a Macbook without changing the USA layout

    You are right, it is possible to write also the diacritic czech characters with a mac without changing the layout.

    So, these are the key combination for different czech characters:

    š = :apple:-Shift-T+s
    ž = :apple:-Shift-T+z
    ř = :apple:-Shift-T+r
    ě = :apple:-Shift-T+e
    ť = :apple:-Shift-T+t
    ň = :apple:-Shift-T+n​

    And for long vowels (with a " ´ " on the top):

    á = :apple:-E+a
    é = :apple:-E+e
    í = :apple:-E+i
    ó = :apple:-E+o
    ú = :apple:-E+u
    ý = :apple:-E+y

    Hope that this helped!



    A Happy Venezuela living in Brno, Czech Republic. :D

  9. huddini macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2010
    That does not work for me?!
  10. cboteros macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2010
    Found the real way to add diacritics for Czech in Mac OS X

    Hello Huddini,

    I'm sorry, you are right... in fact, those keys combinations that I was using do work... but if you are using a Mac computer with Linux (Ubuntu) installed in it... I by mistake took for granted that this same combinations of letters would work from Mac OS X.

    Now... I went back to Mac OS X, and found the real way to write diacritics without changing the language of your keyboard (well, partially...) I will now explain bellow (but you can also see the page where I found out the information)

    1) Change the language of your keyboard from "U.S." to "U.S. Extended"

    You actually will need to do this change, anyway, having the extended version of U.S. keyboard will just help, it will not bring you a negative impact.

    To do this, just go to "System Preferences" -> Language & Text -> "Input Sources" and scroll down in the Input method list until you find "U.S. Extended" (it has the icon [​IMG]).

    After you checked this input method, you can uncheck the original "U.S" so you don't have both.

    2) How to type the diacritics

    Now I will write bellow the correct list of keyboard shortcuts for the diferent diacritics:

    á = option+e a
    é = option+e e
    í = option+e i
    ó = option+e o
    ú = option+e u
    ý = option+e y

    The "haček" ( ̌ ) is written in a different way... you must first type the letter and then the key combination to add the ̌ on the top like:

    š = s option+shift+v
    ž = z option+shift+v
    ř = r option+shift+v
    ě = e option+shift+v
    ť = t option+shift+v
    ď = d option+shift+v
    ň = n option+shift+v

    And finally, for the special "ů" is also done like the ones before (first the letter "u" then the keyboard combination for " ̊ ") so you get:

    ů = u option+shift+k

    Hope this helps now! :D

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