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Entering foreign characters on Linux

Entering foreign characters on Linux

Entering foreign characters on Linux


Another question:

I would like to know if there's a way to enter foreign characters or Linux as is possible in Windows. On Windows, we can use Alt plus a code to get foreign characters. Is there an equivalent mechanism on Linux systems?

I'm running SuSe 10.3 with KDE.

Any help is appreciated.

RE: Entering foreign characters on Linux

Yes. Traditional Unix systems have a Compose Key. You can set one in /etc/X11/xorg.conf:


Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Generic Keyboard"
        Driver          "kbd"
... (more settings)
        Option          "XkbOptions"    "compose:rwin"

The above sets the right windows key to a compose key. When you use it (restart the X server to get the above setting to work), you can type the Compose key, followed by the characters that form a combination. For example, a euro sign is [Compose] = E (other combinations also work).

See http://webcvs.freedesktop.org/xorg/xc/nls/Compose/en_US.UTF-8?view=co for the combinations.


+++ Despite being wrong in every important aspect, that is a very good analogy +++
   Hex (in Darwin's Watch)

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