I speak and type in Russian but occasionally I need to type some words in the Kyrgyz language. The alphabet is the same as Russian's but with three additional letters.

Up until macOS Ventura, holding down keys о, у, н in the Russian PC input source would give me a menu with accent letters that contained needed Kyrgyz letters "ө", "ү", "ң". That was incredibly convenient for me because to get these letters in Kyrgyz layout you need to also hold down Opt which is very inconvenient.

In macOS Ventura, the behavior changed. It's not as if it completely stopped working, it started behaving as an iOS keyboard. Almost all accent keys are gone except for "ё" and "ъ". How can I roll back the behavior to the old one? Having plenty of options in accent keys was incredibly convenient.

  • Have you checked the keyboard maps?
    – Solar Mike
    Dec 12, 2022 at 16:01
  • Are you absolutely certain that you have the correct Keyboard Layout selected?
    – benwiggy
    Dec 12, 2022 at 18:26
  • Exactly whiich of the Russian keyboards provided by Apple are you using? I could post you the Monterey version. Dec 12, 2022 at 19:55
  • @benwiggy yes, I am absolutely sure that I use the correct layout
    – xinatanil
    Dec 12, 2022 at 20:23
  • @SolarMike what keyboard maps are you talking about? I don't use any keyboard mapping applications, if that's what you mean
    – xinatanil
    Dec 12, 2022 at 20:24

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The Monterey version of the Russian PC layout can be found here.

But it's not the layout but a keyboard-ru.plist in the Press and Hold app which you probably need. You can get that here. Whether there is any way to insert this .plist or edit the existing one in Ventura I don't know.

Apple has moved the location of this .plist in Ventura. Now it appears to be in /System/Library/TextInput/TextInput_ru.bundle/Versions/A/Resources/Keyboard-ru.plist

If modifying that turns out to be impractical, perhaps best to use Ukelele to add the characters you need to a custom Russian PC keyboard.

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