Google adds virtual keyboard to search page

Google has added virtual keyboards to its search pages to help those stuck without access to their own language.

The company said people who want to write searches in their own language have trouble when confronted with an alien keyboard. So now it pegged a virtual keyboard to pages accessed in 35 languages that use characters other than the Roman characters used in English.

"A virtual, or 'on-screen' keyboard, lets you type directly in your local language script in an easy and consistent manner, no matter where you are or what computer you're using," the search giant bogged.

Last year the firm introduced a virtual keyboard API through code.google.com. Now the outfit has integrated the virtual keyboards into Google searches where users choose to view search results in any of the 35 languages supported.

Chinese languages are absent from the list for some reason.