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    Default How to type accentued characters

    Hi,

    I have seen multiple old posts on how to type accented characters using a QWERTY keyboard, but I was unable to applied the proposed solution in Opensuse 12.1. I need to type french characters on a system set with US regional settings. In the Windows world, these characters would be accessible using ALT+4digits.

    Would anybody have some suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pomchip View Post
    Hi,

    I have seen multiple old posts on how to type accented characters using a QWERTY keyboard, but I was unable to applied the proposed solution in Opensuse 12.1. I need to type french characters on a system set with US regional settings. In the Windows world, these characters would be accessible using ALT+4digits.

    Would anybody have some suggestions?
    I found a few interesting links, but I think you have to change your keyboard setup for these to work:

    http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Accented_Characters
    http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...ring_keyboards
    AltGr key - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You can also get the special characters into something and copy them out one at a time I guess:

    ç ģ ķ ļ ņ ŗ ş Ç Ģ Ķ Ļ Ŗ Ş
    č ď ľ ň ř š ť ž Č Ď Ľ Ň Ř Š Ť Ž
    ą ę į ų Ą Ę Į Ų
    ă Ă
    å Å
    ā ē ī ō ū Ā Ē Ī Ō Ū
    ḃ ċ ḋ ė ḟ ġ ṁ ṗ ṫ ż Ḃ Ċ Ḋ Ė Ḟ Ġ Ṁ Ṗ Ṫ Ż
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    Default Re: How to type accentued characters

    There is a compose key (combination). At my system (using KDE) it is Shift-RightCtrl, but I guess you can configure it After I type this I can type one 'dead 'key, followed with another key ad they will combine. I do not have an extensive list of them, but fot most of them follow your intuition:

    'e makes é
    =e makes €
    "O makes Ö
    ,c makes ç
    ^1 makes ¹
    ss makes ß
    etc.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: How to type accentued characters

    On 2012-01-28 14:56, pomchip wrote:
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > I have seen multiple old posts on how to type accented characters using
    > a QWERTY keyboard, but I was unable to applied the proposed solution in
    > Opensuse 12.1. I need to type french characters on a system set with US
    > regional settings.


    You have to use the international keyboard. It is an USA keyboard with the
    -'- char reused as accent, and a few mappings more.

    Another possibility is the meta key (I'm unsure of the name). For example,
    the combination right shift + right control, release, then 'a produces á.
    There are many combinations to produce ç,ñ à, ä, ¿, etc. Just use your
    imagination and try :-)

    > In the Windows world, these characters would be
    > accessible using ALT+4digits.


    And here too, but with different numbers. In my gnome it doesn't work now
    (last time I tried was probably years ago), but in text mode it works.

    And in Windows you also have the international keyboard.

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    Default Re: How to type accentued characters

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    There is a compose key (combination). At my system (using KDE) it is Shift-RightCtrl, but I guess you can configure it After I type this I can type one 'dead 'key, followed with another key ad they will combine. I do not have an extensive list of them, but fot most of them follow your intuition:

    'e makes é
    =e makes €
    "O makes Ö
    ,c makes ç
    ^1 makes ¹
    ss makes ß
    etc.
    Thanks. I was looking for this compose key. It is supposed to be configurable but I did not find anything under Configure Desktop > Locale or Shortcut and gestures. Anyways, shift + right ctrl works for me.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: How to type accentued characters

    If you can type on a French (AZERTY) keyboard, you can add a French keyboard layout under System settings>Regional and language.and all the French characters will be there. A country flag will appear in the system tray to indicate you are using the French keyboard layout. An alternative is to install the Polish layout which is a QWERTY layout with all the French and German accents (other than the cedilla) as dead keys accessed with Alt-Gr.

    Another factor is whether you will be using one program for all your French texts; if so, then setting up keyboard shortcuts for that program only may be a better option; one problem with global shortcuts set up for KDE as a whole is that they may conflict with existing shortcuts set up by the authors of a program.

    But you have a number of suggestions above; it may be worth trying different ones and finding the one that works best for you.

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    Default Re: How to type accentued characters

    On 2012-01-28 16:46, pomchip wrote:

    > Thanks. I was looking for this compose key. It is supposed to be
    > configurable but I did not find anything under Configure Desktop >
    > Locale or Shortcut and gestures. Anyways, shift + right ctrl works for
    > me.


    Right, compose was the name, not meta.


    In gnome 2, gnome-control-center, keyboard layout. Choose country "United
    States", Variants "USA Alternative international". That layout is easier
    than the compose key.

    In KDE there will be an equivalent, but I can not try it now.

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    Default Re: How to type accentued characters

    If you are using the characters in LibreOffice or Open Office just download the extension "accentuate"
    accentuate | OpenOffice.org repository for Extensions
    I put the macro onto a function key and now I can type French, German, Spanish etc characters by typing the accent (`~^',) after the letter and press the function key.
    Uli

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