Currently Being ModeratedAug 18, 2013 1:17 AM (in response to Arabidopsis)
You will probably need to find and add an extra keyboard via Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard - when you have more than one keyboard selected on that screen you will get a 'globe' key to the left of the spacebar when typing allowing you to cycle between them (if you have spell checking enabled then that will be based on the keyboard that you are using).
Currently Being ModeratedAug 18, 2013 1:46 AM (in response to King_Penguin)
Yeah, I've been looking at that. The problem is that I have to find a language that uses overdots on the consonants, so that I can get ḃ ċ ḋ ḟ ġ ṁ ṗ ṡ ṫ. I'm not sure which one does, but I'll try a bit of trial and error.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 18, 2013 2:08 AM (in response to Arabidopsis)
Those letters appear to be from old Irish : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_orthography#Diacritics
Unfortunately there isn't an Irish keyboard layout, and I'm not sure if any other languages have any of them
Currently Being ModeratedAug 18, 2013 2:41 AM (in response to King_Penguin)
Irish is the language I want to be able to type. ^^ (Yes, standard practice is to use a h instead of a dot, but I'd like to have the option.) There's an Irish keyboard (two actually, one with dots and one without) in the Mac OS but none in the iOS.
Though surely if an iPad or iPhone can display dotted letters then it must be able to produce them.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 18, 2013 2:47 AM (in response to Arabidopsis)
To be able to type them they need to be on one of the built-in keyboards. If you can't find them on any of the existing layouts then you could try leaving feedback for Apple and they might get added in a future iOS update (even if they just add add them as options to the keys on the English keyboard layout instead of having a separte Irish layout) : http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
Currently Being ModeratedAug 18, 2013 3:12 AM (in response to Arabidopsis)
For characters not in any existing keyboard, you can use apps like Unicode Pad or Unikey. I think both of these also let you create a sort of custom keyboard which may be useful for some purposes.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 18, 2013 4:04 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
Thanks. (^^)/ It's not a seamless solution, but it will do.
In case someone else with a similar question ends up reading this: I chose the Unikey app where I created a keyboard that had the required dotted characters, (separate keys for uppercase and lowercase). The new keyboard is only accessible within Unikey, but it has a little notepad where you can type what you want and then copy paste it into another app.