Originally Posted by lazylogic
Hi rupertwh, when you mentioned
- loading German keycaps, do you mean loading a particular software?
No, depending on your desktop environment, you should have something like a "Keyboard" control panel which allows you to load / switch between different keyboard layouts. You shouldn't have to install any additional software.
- not use umlauts at all but their equivalents, do you mean type Ö as Oe ? that would certainly looks odd
Yes, the two dots are actually a degenerate form of an appended 'e'
But the only use today of the spelling 'ae', 'oe', 'ue' really is when technical limitations don't allow for (now) proper umlauts.