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custom keyboard mappings - xmodmap? compose key? GNOME?


I'm trying to come up with a keyboard mapping that would allow
me to easily input custom characters, like curly quotes, en/em
dashes, ellipsis, etc. under GNOME 2.6.

After a bit of research[1] I know I can either use xmodmap (and
then force GNOME 2.6 to run it with some kind of a script) or
the compose key. I'd like to try the compose key route first,
as it seems all of the required mappings are already defined in
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose; unfortunately,
I can't find a way to make X use these mappings instead of the
ones in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/locale/iso8859-2/Compose.

Is this a bug in xkb/some other package? I'm using the pl_PL.UTF-8
locale, and I tried[2] changing the XkbLayout option in
/etc/X11/XF86Config-4 from "pl" to "pl_PL.UTF-8", but no matter
what I do, X still choose to use wrong Compose mapping file.

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-gtk-gnome/2004/08/msg00114.html
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-gtk-gnome/2004/08/msg00123.html

-- Shot (Piotr Szotkowski)
        In the UNIX world, people tend to interpret "non-technical user"
         as meaning someone who's only ever written one device driver.
                              ~~~ Daniel Pead ~~~


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