Does that make any sense to you? Perhaps not, unless you live in countries like Guinea, Mali, or Côte d'Ivoire in West Africa. For those people, the N'Ko alphabet is a written language that enables people to put their words down on paper. Unfortunately, modern technology hasn't kept pace with any but the top 40 or so languages around the world. For this reason, I wrote N'Ko Writer -- a Windows Phone 8.1 app. N'Ko Writer enables people to compose text using a custom keyboard. Since Windows Phone doesn't support system-wide custom keyboards, this is only accessible within the app itself. Once you enter the text though, you can use the standard sharing ability of Windows Phone to send the text to email, SMS/messaging, Twitter, Facebook, or any other apps that support the share function. I hope this helps the people of West Africa to communicate in their own written language!
The app is free and available today. Please take a look and spread the word!
- N'Ko Institute of America
- Download N'Ko Writer