How to enter a yud + khirek yud (ייִ) in the Pasekh Yiddish keyboard

Am I missing the trick needed to enter a yud,followed by a khirek yud ( ייִ) using the Pasekh Yiddish keyboard?

It’s used in words like ייִדין.

I always end up fighting the correction/update logic of the keyboard. If I type the yud twice, I get יִי, which is close, but the dotted (khirek) yud should be on the left, not on the right. I looked at both the shifted and unshifted keyboards and I read the Pasekh Yiddish help file, and I still can’t find the combination of keys that I need to hit to enter ייִ

Thanks, folks.

When I try the online Pasekh Yiddish keyboard, it looks like if I press ‘y’ then ‘i’ I get the dot on the left. Does this work on yours?

Steve, I owe you a beverage of your choice. That worked!

Thanks so much.

I’m going to be updating this keyboard. Can you tell me where I need to modify the documentation?

Hi, Lorna.

Thanks for contacting me.

In the Quickstart section of the Yiddish keyboard help file, there’s no instruction for producing the yud + khirik yud combination that appears in words like ייִדיש

As Steve White kindly informed me, the user can enter that letter pair by typing an unshifted UNICODE y, followed by an i. There’s nothing in the help file or in the pop-up keyboard map that would let the user know how to do that.

The shortcut makes sense because the sound that those two characters make is similar to “yee” or “yi,” but it’s not intuitive, in my opinion. Typing either an i or a y, followed by any other key, will produce a “plain” yud. The sequence “yi” is an undocumented shortcut as far as I can tell.

Please add ייִ it to the table of keyboard shortcuts for entering diphthongs and characters with diacritical marks that exists currently in the Quickstart section.

Best regards,


Two other things I didn’t see in the documentation.

  1. If you press the ‘i’ key word initially, you get אי (aleph then yud), but you only get yud when you press it word medially.
  2. If you press ‘i’ then ‘y’ you get yud with a dot under to the right of the other yud. This is the opposite to what DrJay wanted, the dot under the yud to the left.

iy > ייִ (dotted yud to left)
yi > יִי (dotted yud to right)


Hi, the Keyman Pasekh keyboard is also missing shortcuts for creating the khirek yud with other vowel combinations. For example, it is sometimes necessary to type עיִ or אַיִ, but that doesn’t seem possible with this keyboard. This would be an excellent option to add. Thanks!

Hi asya. Welcome to the community. I’ve created an issue in our GitHub repo, but I’m not sure when we’ll be able to do this. The issue is here:

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