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Howto type International characters on a US keyboard
« on: March 09, 2007, 11:39:55 am »

http://process-of-elimination.net/wiki/Means_of_Composing_Accented_Characters_in_X_Window_System

This is one of the most useful things I've found in a while. I don't know how I didn't find it earlier. This enables you to easily type things like éen, Khazad-dûm, Mikael Åkerfeldt, hwæt, Tromsø,  etc...without having the memorize a number for every special character (à la 'Doze) or looking it up in a character map program.

For some reason, I can't get Vietnamese characters to enter, but still incredibly useful.

Edit: It would appear that Gtk uses its own built-in compose sequences with the Multi_key. You have to set the input method module to XIM to change the default behavior, which can be done with export GTK_IM_MODULE=xim.

A little old, but see also: http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/01/26/210214
« Last Edit: May 21, 2007, 08:03:19 pm by hanumizzle »
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Re: Howto type International characters on a US keyboard
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007, 11:58:29 pm »

Not having looked yet at the mentioned website I just want to mention that I am using xterm to create up to 75 additional characters on a US set keyboard using the alt and alt-shift keys: ° ½ ã ä å á å ³ ´ ç ô ù õ just typed randomly as an example. Unfortunatly this feature is lost with all other terminals I have tried.
To find which character to look for I made a table with all the 75 possibilies, printed it out and pasted on a card board. From xtern I copy and paste.

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Re: Howto type International characters on a US keyboard
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2007, 12:37:32 am »

Not having looked yet at the mentioned website I just want to mention that I am using xterm to create up to 75 additional characters on a US set keyboard using the alt and alt-shift keys: ° ½ ã ä å á å ³ ´ ç ô ù õ just typed randomly as an example. Unfortunatly this feature is lost with all other terminals I have tried.
To find which character to look for I made a table with all the 75 possibilies, printed it out and pasted on a card board. From xtern I copy and paste.

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Re: Howto type International characters on a US keyboard
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2008, 01:38:06 am »

Sadly the link to that method is no longer active?

Could you describe how to?
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Re: Howto type International characters on a US keyboard
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2008, 10:58:52 am »

Thanks indeed, I've bookmarked it and when I feel confident enough I will test it.
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