On Mac OS X 10.5+ you can type the accented letters of Esperanto without downloading anything.
- Open “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu.
- Click on “Language & Text”, or “International” (depending on your version of OS X).
- Click the tab “Input Sources”, or “Input menu”. You will see a long list of languages (keyboard layouts, in fact). If you live in Australia, chances are “Australian” is already selected.
- Scroll down to “U.S. Extended” and select it.
- Scroll up again and deselect “Australian” (or whichever keyboard layout was selected before)*.
- Close the window.
Then, to type the accented letters, do the following:
For ĉ, ĝ, ĥ, ĵ or ŝ, press option-6, and then c, g, h, j or s. (This also works for the capital letters.)
For ŭ: press option-B, and then u. (This also works for Ŭ.)
(The reason for “option-6” is not surprising, because above “6” on the keyboard is “^”. “B” is obviously from the word “breve”, which is what the ˘ symbol is called.)
- You can keep your original keyboard layout selected if you like; but if you do, you will need to switch between that and “U.S. Extended” as needed, by typing ⌘-space.