On Thu, Apr 24, 2003 at 01:44:30AM -0400, Mark L. Kahnt wrote: > On Thu, 2003-04-24 at 00:33, Leo Spalteholz wrote: > > Ok, maybe this is not exactly debian related but... > > > > I switched to debian about two years ago and havent looked back but > > there is still one windows feature that I miss a lot. In windows, > > you could insert special characters (like äüÜÄ etc) by holding ALT > > and then typing the ascii value of the character so ALT-132 would be > > ä. Now in linux the easiest way I've found is to go into > > kcharselect, find the character, copy it to the clipboard and paste > > it into the document. Naturally this takes about 80 times as long > > and is a huge PITA.. Does anyone know of a comparable way to insert > > special characters in linux? Soemthing thats fast, like through a > > keyboard shortcut or similar... > > > > Thanks a bunch, > > Leo > > Edit and use a personal xmodmap adding the keys you want? Use a > pre-defined xmodmap for a keyboard layout that includes those > characters? I personally use xmodmap.qc, as I have typed so much French > text over the years that I am now most familiar with that layout, and I > can easily type àáâèéêçìíîïòóôöùúûü with the standard settings. I'm not > *exactly* sure where you would find diagrams of the key layouts - I > learned them from MS-DOS 2.something's manual. Both Gnome and KDE have > convenient keyboard layout switchers, so if you don't want to stay with > the alternate one (most are qwerty, only shuffling lesser used > punctuation,) you can switch back to the US keyboard layout. Do you switch keymaps, or do you use the compose key? I am using a standard keymap and I can type stuff like àáâçèéêìíîïòóùúûü plus some others like ß ø å ö ñ ¿ ¡ Æ · ¹ ² ° ô plus a bunch of others I can't remember the keystrokes for. On this keyboard, the compose key is labeled "compose"; it's a sun type 5 keyboard. However, on PCs I _think_ the compose key is that windows menu key (not the windows icon, the other one). OTOH maybe that's the key I mapped compose to using xkeycaps :-) In xkeycaps the compose key has KeySym "Multi_key". Actually, I just found a file where I recorded some of this stuff. Here goes: here are key combinations that I know of: Multi_key, A, A ::= Å Multi_key, A, E ::= Æ Multi_key, A, ` ::= À Multi_key, A, ' ::= Á Multi_key, A, ^ ::= Â Multi_key, A, " ::= Ä Multi_key, A, ~ ::= Ã Multi_key, C, , ::= Ç Multi_key, D, - ::= Ð Multi_key, E, ` ::= È Multi_key, E, ' ::= É Multi_key, E, ^ ::= Ê Multi_key, E, " ::= Ë Multi_key, I, ` ::= Ì Multi_key, I, ' ::= Í Multi_key, I, ^ ::= Î Multi_key, I, " ::= Ï Multi_key, N, ~ ::= Ñ Multi_key, O, ` ::= Ò Multi_key, O, ' ::= Ó Multi_key, O, ^ ::= Ô Multi_key, O, " ::= Ö Multi_key, O, ~ ::= Õ Multi_key, O, / ::= Ø Multi_key, U, ` ::= Ù Multi_key, U, ' ::= Ú Multi_key, U, ^ ::= Û Multi_key, U, " ::= Ü Multi_key, Y, ' ::= Ý Multi_key, a, a ::= å Multi_key, a, e ::= æ Multi_key, a, ` ::= à Multi_key, a, ' ::= á Multi_key, a, ^ ::= â Multi_key, a, " ::= ä Multi_key, a, ~ ::= ã Multi_key, a, _ ::= ª Multi_key, c, , ::= ç Multi_key, c, | ::= ¢ Multi_key, c, O ::= © Multi_key, d, - ::= ð Multi_key, e, ` ::= è Multi_key, e, ' ::= é Multi_key, e, ^ ::= ê Multi_key, e, " ::= ë Multi_key, i, ` ::= ì Multi_key, i, ' ::= í Multi_key, i, ^ ::= î Multi_key, i, " ::= ï Multi_key, l, - ::= £ Multi_key, n, ~ ::= ñ Multi_key, o, ` ::= ò Multi_key, o, ' ::= ó Multi_key, o, ^ ::= ô Multi_key, o, " ::= ö Multi_key, o, ~ ::= õ Multi_key, o, / ::= ø Multi_key, o, x ::= ¤ Multi_key, o, _ ::= º Multi_key, s, s ::= ß Multi_key, u, ` ::= ù Multi_key, u, ' ::= ú Multi_key, u, ^ ::= û Multi_key, u, " ::= ü Multi_key, y, ' ::= ý Multi_key, y, " ::= ÿ Multi_key, y, = ::= ¥ Multi_key, ?, ? ::= ¿ Multi_key, |, | ::= ¦ Multi_key, <, < ::= « Multi_key, >, > ::= » Multi_key, ., . ::= · Multi_key, ,, , ::= ¸ Multi_key, :, - ::= ÷ Multi_key, ", " ::= ¨ Multi_key, ', ' ::= ´ Multi_key, -, - ::= Multi_key, -, , ::= ¬ Multi_key, +, - ::= ± Multi_key, 1, 2 ::= ½ Multi_key, 1, 4 ::= ¼ Multi_key, 3, 4 ::= ¾ HTH, -- Nathan Norman - Incanus Networking mailto:email@example.com A young man wrote to Mozart and said: Q: "Herr Mozart, I am thinking of writing symphonies. Can you give me any suggestions as to how to get started?" A: "A symphony is a very complex musical form, perhaps you should begin with some simple lieder and work your way up to a symphony." Q: "But Herr Mozart, you were writing symphonies when you were 8 years old." A: "But I never asked anybody how."
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