Māori Keyboard Layouts

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Māori Keyboard Layouts - Troubleshooting

These are the most frequently asked questions about Māori support under Microsoft Windows.

Check the Overview section as well, as a lot of the basic questions are answered there.
Please feel free to Contact Me if you have any questions that aren't answered here. I'll do my best to help you out.
No. (maybe soon)

Microsoft Windows is translated into various languages, but usually only those in important markets.
There are multi-language versions of Windows XP available that add support for more languages, but Māori isn't among them.
Furthermore, it's not possible to translate Windows yourself (without major surgery).
There are some murmerings that future versions of Windows may be capable of being translated more easily, but at the moment there isn't any way to translate the base operating system into Māori.

Update 7 Dec 2004
Microsoft New Zealand have announced a Māori translation of Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003, due sometime in 2005.
More details at the Microsoft New Zealand press release.

In the meantime, Windows XP Service Pack 2 adds a Maori locale that will display days of the week and dates in Māori. If anyone requests it I'll add a guide on how to configure/use this.

There's no technical reason why individual applications can't support Māori though, so contact the supplier of your software if you think that it should be translated into Māori.

If you're getting a message like the one below when you try to remove a keyboard definition, it's probably because the keyboard layout is still in use.

Follow the config instructions in Setup and Use to remove the keyboard layout and try again.

Removal Incomplete