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Icon IPAChartApp and IPAChartBoard (1.1)         🇪🇸 🇩🇪

The International Phonetic Alphabet—how can we live without it? How else can you record the pronunciation of a language with no writing system, or learn how to sing a song in a language you don't speak? How do you put a phonetic transcription into that Facebook post the world is waiting for? But inserting IPA symbols isn't easy without help. IPAChartBoard is for you! IPAChartBoard is a system keyboard, so you can use it with any iOS app! IPAChartBoard puts the seven official IPA charts at your fingertips. Phonetic detail was never so easy!

Version 1.1 may be found in the App Store in these languages:


English
Deutsch
Español

Like other iOS third-party keyboards, IPAChartBoard comes to your device in a carrying app, in this case IPAChartApp. Once you've installed IPAChartApp on your device, you install the keyboard through System Settings. (The app will remind you how to do this.) Then IPAChartBoard keyboard is available for use with any app on your device. From your default system keyboard, you switch to the IPAChartBoard by tapping the Globe key, as you would to use any other system keyboard.

Screen shots

Tap the thumbnails. The charts scroll!

Consonants: consonants
Vowels: vowels
Suprasegmentals: vowels

...and the charts for diacritics, non-pulmonic consonants, tones, and other symbols.

Install the keyboard

Use the IPA keyboard in any app on your device. Install the keyboard to make it available to other apps:
  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Keyboard
  4. Keyboards
  5. Add New Keyboard
  6. IPAChartBoard
  7. Tap "IPAChartBoard - IPAChartApp"

In an app, to switch to IPAChartBoard, press and hold the globe symbol.

Known issues

Few fonts include all the symbols of the IPA. Apple's current system font, San Francisco, includes nearly all. What the system font does not include is borrowed from the font Arial Unicode MS. However, as 1.1 of this keyboard is placed in the App Store, there is (at least) one symbol that is not rendered correctly:

Contact us

Please contact us at ipachart[*at*]tyndalesoft[*dot*]com.

References

CharisSIL, a complete IPA font implementation, used for the keys in IPAChartBoard. Its generous license provisions are here.

The International Phonetic Association

A handy web-based IPA "keyboard"