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Re: Occasional texts in languages other than English

* Bruce Miller [Sun, 15 Feb 2004 14:32:01 -0500]:

> I am looking for the simplest way to enter non-English characters from 
> an English keyboard (e.g.å é û ). In Windows, it was never hard; there 
> are few enough that I usually remembered the Alt+nnn keycode for the 
> 437 and 850 codepages. For longer texts, the WordPerfect (Ctrl-w) 
> function was also dead easy. Rarely, I switched to another keyboard 
> layout and kept the layout diagram propped open in front of me.

    I think that, if the number of non-English characters is low (which
    seems to be the case, since you'd accept Alt+nnn) a very convenient
    approach can be the use of the Multi Key. (I don't know where it may
    be in a Canadian keyboard but in my Spanish layout, the default X11
    symbols assign it to Shift+Ralt = Shift+AltGr.)

    It works very simply:

        å = MultiKey, o, a
        é = MultiKey, ', e
        û = MultiKey, ^, u

    I use commas to separate keys since they are to be typed
    sequentially, rather than at once. There must be also somewhere a
    list of composites, but is rather intuitive (ou = ů, "a = ä, `i = ì,
    ae = æ, etc.)


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