About Wolof

Wolof is the majority language of the African country of Senegal and is found in other countries.

Windows Alt Codes

In Windows, combinations of the ALT key plus a numeric code can be used to type a non-English character (accented letter or punctuation symbol) in any Windows application. More detailed instructions about typing accents with ALT keys are available.  Additional options for entering accents in Windows are also listed in the Accents section of this Web site.

Wolof ALT Codes (Caps and Lowercase)

Let ALT Code
À ALT+0192
É ALT+0201
Ë ALT+0203
Ñ ALT+0209
Ó ALT+0211
Let ALT Code
à ALT+0224
é ALT+0233
ë ALT+0235
ñ ALT+0241
ó ALT+0243

Inserting N-hook/Engma /ŋ/

  • Word for Windows – You can use the code ALT+0330 (capital) and ALT+0331 (Lowercase) to insert N hook
  • Other Applications – You can use the Character Palette to insert N hook in any Windows application

Windows Vista

Wolof support has also been expanded in Windows Vista.

Windows International Keyboard Codes

In order to use these codes you must activate the international keyboard. Instructions are listed in the Keyboards section of this Web site.

International Keyboard Codes
Character Description
À à

(‘+V) – Type grave key (upper right), then lowercase or capital A.

Acute Accent

(‘+V) – Type apostrophe (singe quote), then either the vowel E or O.

Ë, ë

("+V) – Type apostrophe (singe quote), then lowercase or capital E.

ñ, Ñ

Type SHIFT+~, then either lowercase n or capital N.

Macintosh Accent Codes

On the Macintosh platform, you can use the following Option key combinations.

Wolof Mac Accent Codes (Caps and Lowercase)

Let Option Code
À Option+`, Shift+A
É Option+E, Shift+E
Ë Option+U, Shift+E
Ñ Option+N,Shift+N
Ó Option+E, Shift+O
Let Option Code
à Option+`, A
é Option+E, E
ë Option+U, E
ñ Option+N, N
ó Option+E, O

Example 1: To input the lower case ë, hold down the Option key, then the U key. Release both keys then type lowercase E.
Example 2: To input the capital Ë, hold down the Option key, then the U key. Release all both keys then type capital E.

Insert N-hook, engma /ŋ/

You can the Character Viewer to insert N-hook. The N-hook is located under "Phonetic Alphabet".

HTML Accent Codes

Wolof Encoding and Language Tags

These are the codes which allow browsers and screen readers to process data as the appropriate language. All letters in codes are lower case.

  • Encoding: utf-8 (Unicode)
  • Language Codes: wo

See Using Encoding and Language Codes for more information on the meaning and implementation of these codes.

HTML Entity Codes

Use these codes to input accented letters in HTML.

Wolof HTML Entity Codes

Let Entity Code
Ŋ Ŋ (cap N hook)
Let Entity Code
à à
é é
ë ë
ñ ñ
ŋ ŋ (lower N hook)
ó ó

Using Encoding and Language Codes

See the following pages for additional information on creating Unicode pages.

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