Created: 2011-07-14 17:30
Updated: 2017-09-13 23:13

Mac Typography Layout

This layout lets you to enter characters usually unavailable on a keyboard with unusual ease. This layout is based on Ilia Birman's typography layout but it has some modifications:

  1. It works well on Macs with US keyboards and International English ones.
  2. It has all punctuation signs where they are engraved on a keyboard when you type in Russian.
  3. It has Eszett (ß) at Alt+b.
  4. It has Russian Rouble sign (₷) at Alt+h.


  1. Copy all files to /Library/Keyboard Layouts.
  2. Go to System Preferences → Language & Text → Input Sources.
  3. Enable "English — Typography", or "Russian — Typography", or both.

Layout starts working in each app after app is restarted.

How to disable "U.S." layout (irrelevant since OS X 10.9)

Do not try this at home.

  1. Open ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/*.plist with your plist editor.

  2. Under AppleEnabledInputSources, delete the node that looks like this:

    	<string>Keyboard Layout</string>
    	<key>KeyboardLayout ID</key>
    	<key>KeyboardLayout Name</key>
  3. Save, logout and login back again.

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