Ever struggled with wanting to type an Irish “fada” on your keyboard?
Here you can watch videos on how to type the acute accent mark found in the Irish language (Gaeilge). Terry Simons in California recorded these step-by-step. The videos cover typing on iOS, OS X, Windows and Ubuntu.
Background: the síneadh fada is the name given to the accent mark in Irish:
á é í ó ú Á É Í Ó Ú
How to type the Irish Fada in OS X (Apple Mac)
How to type the Irish Fada on iOS (iPhone, iPad)
How to type the Irish Fada in Windows 8
Irish Fada in Linux (Ubuntu 13.04)
Extra tip: If you’re in Ireland
If you’re in Ireland, your keyboard should already be configured to be for Ireland. In that case, on a PC, just hold down Ctrl and Alt and type the letter.
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