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    Default No Alt- shortcuts in Linux?

    Are there any? Looks like I can't use the familiar combination Alt-### to invoke characters that are not on the keyboard, like the en and em dashes. Is there any way to produce those characters without resorting to the KCharSelect application and browsing, cutting and pasting?

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    Default Re: No Alt- shortcuts in Linux?

    I have no idea what is "familiar" to you, but when I need characters that are not on the keyboard, I use the Compose Key (which is Shift-RightControl in my case, but AFAIK you kan configure that) and then two keys that combine to the character. Those combinations are rather "logic". E.g.:

    ' e for é
    s s for ß
    , s for ş
    = e for € and e = for € and = E for € and = c for €
    ^ 7 for ⁷
    1 2 for ½

    and so on.
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    Default Re: No Alt- shortcuts in Linux?

    I am able to use the Alt Gr key sometimes with the shift key as well to obtain other characters like these ² ³ € °æßðđŋħłħħߢ“”µ@ł¶ŧ←↓→øþƧЪŊĦŁ so have a play and see what happens.

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    Default Re: No Alt- shortcuts in Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    I have no idea what is "familiar" to you, but when I need characters that are not on the keyboard, I use the Compose Key (which is Shift-RightControl in my case, but AFAIK you kan configure that) and then two keys that combine to the character. Those combinations are rather "logic". E.g.:

    ' e for é
    s s for ß
    , s for ş
    = e for € and e = for € and = E for € and = c for €
    ^ 7 for ⁷
    1 2 for ½

    and so on.
    By familiar I mean Windows environment. I'm used to use Alt-### combinations quickly: Alt-0151 for —, Alt-0150 for –, Alt-0176 for °, and so forth. You probably guessed: I'm typing this on my Windows machine, using an English (US) keyboard, which doesn't have a number of characters that I use. I was typing on a thread in these forums yesternight and when I tried to produce the en dash, which I use extensively in my typing/writing, using the Alt- combo Firefox started doing all kinds of funny things.

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    Default Re: No Alt- shortcuts in Linux?

    Well, Linux is not Windows and Windows is not Linux.

    I am happy that I do not have to handle all those numbers for characters (did you learn them by heart or do you consult some dictionary?)

    In any case, I am not familiar with that way of typing.
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    Default Re: No Alt- shortcuts in Linux?

    Am 20.02.2016 um 20:06 schrieb Alveric:
    > By familiar I mean Windows environment. I'm used to use Alt-###
    > combinations quickly: Alt-0151 for —, Alt-0150 for –, Alt-0176 for
    > °, and so forth. You probably guessed: I'm typing this on my Windows
    > machine, using an English (US) keyboard, which doesn't have a number of
    > characters that I use. I was typing on a thread in these forums
    > yesternight and when I tried to produce the en dash, which I use
    > extensively in my typing/writing, using the Alt- combo Firefox started
    > doing all kinds of funny things.
    >
    >

    does that help http://fsymbols.com/keyboard/linux/unicode/
    I tried that it works on my laptop
    it is not exactly the same as the unicode codes differ from the codes
    windows uses

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    Am 20.02.2016 um 20:06 schrieb Alveric:
    > By familiar I mean Windows environment. I'm used to use Alt-###
    > combinations quickly: Alt-0151 for —, Alt-0150 for –, Alt-0176 for
    > °, and so forth. You probably guessed: I'm typing this on my Windows
    > machine, using an English (US) keyboard, which doesn't have a number of
    > characters that I use. I was typing on a thread in these forums
    > yesternight and when I tried to produce the en dash, which I use
    > extensively in my typing/writing, using the Alt- combo Firefox started
    > doing all kinds of funny things.
    >
    >

    does that help http://fsymbols.com/keyboard/linux/unicode/
    I tried that it works on my laptop
    it is not exactly the same as the unicode codes differ from the codes
    windows uses

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    Default Re: No Alt- shortcuts in Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    it is not exactly the same as the unicode codes differ from the codes
    windows uses
    As Linux standardises on Unicode, I assume it is not of much usage to enter Windows encodings.
    Henk van Velden

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    Am 20.02.2016 um 21:56 schrieb hcvv:
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    > martin_helm;2755280 Wrote:
    >>
    >> it is not exactly the same as the unicode codes differ from the codes
    >> windows uses
    >>

    > As Linux standardises on Unicode, I assume it is not of much usage to
    > enter Windows encodings.
    >
    >

    I mentioned it because the OP has to learn new codes (also modern
    windows standardizes on unicode, the old codes are a legacy from old
    days, in the old days also linux did not use unicode, but code pages
    like iso-8859-1 and so on)

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    Default Re: No Alt- shortcuts in Linux?

    Am 20.02.2016 um 21:56 schrieb hcvv:
    >
    > martin_helm;2755280 Wrote:
    >>
    >> it is not exactly the same as the unicode codes differ from the codes
    >> windows uses
    >>

    > As Linux standardises on Unicode, I assume it is not of much usage to
    > enter Windows encodings.
    >
    >

    I mentioned it because the OP has to learn new codes (also modern
    windows standardizes on unicode, the old codes are a legacy from old
    days, in the old days also linux did not use unicode, but code pages
    like iso-8859-1 and so on)

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