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Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing (CRULP) released “CRULP Urdu Phonetic Keyboard Layout v1.1” for Microsoft platform on October 2007. That layout was based on extended version from InPage to incorporate Unicode character set for Urdu. There are three (Base, Shift and AltGr (Right Alt or Alt Ctrl)) levels in that layout. Basic characters are mostly placed on normal positions; common diacritics are placed on the Shift level and some less common diacritics, honorifics and sign are placed on AltGr (Right Alt or Alt Ctrl) level.
Keeping in view the simplicity of Urdu typing, a separate keyboard using only two keyboard levels has been developed, named “CRULP Urdu Phonetic 2 Level (2L) Keyboard Layout v1.0”. The basic character set of Urdu is placed on the same keys as on previous versions of CRULP keyboards. AltGr face is not included in this keyboard layout hence all diacritics and honorifics have been accommodated on first two levels. During the design of this keyboard layout, two major points were kept in mind. Firstly, only those characters which cannot be entered with the default English keyboard were included in the layout. Secondly, the position of basic Urdu alphabet was maintained as per the previous CRULP keyboards.
This new Urdu keyboard is not an updated version of “CRULP Urdu Phonetic Keyboard Layout v1.1”, instead it is a parallel keyboard launched to facilitate Urdu users by providing a typing interface of only two levels.