Bug#415451: resolved upstream; debian out of date
Upstream has apparently applied Marco Steinacher's fix:
2007-10-01 ** Latest ** This patch changes causes xte to query
the current keyboard layout instead of using a hardcoded table
and also adds unicode support, big thanks to Marco Steinacher
But debian is apparently 1+ years behind upstream,
with 0.96 (2004-05-13) rather than 0.97 (2006-05-18), or current 0.98.