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kpfeiffer 10-14-2002 03:03 PM

Using modifier keys for special characters
 
Hallo,

Thanks to those who posted answers to a previous HD problem question (my colleague did a back-up, reformatted HD, etc.; then was okay).

My current question... on my old Windows system the laptop was set up for "International keyboard" meaning that I could type diacritical marks (German umlauts, for example) by typing a modifier key and then the appropriate key.

This I would like to do under Linux (SuSE, KDE). I don't want another keyboard layout, I just want to type these accents, umlaut marks, etc.

I did a search here, but haven't managed to find the answer yet (or didn't recognize it).

-Kevin

GT I.N.C 10-15-2002 07:36 AM

I think you go to peripherals in the control center and click on keyboard....then make sure you enable keyboard layouts and select a layout with (Intl) at the end...i think that stands for International...i'm not sure, but its worth a try...

Garry :D

kpfeiffer 10-15-2002 07:53 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by GT I.N.C
I think you go to peripherals in the control center and click on keyboard....then make sure you enable keyboard layouts and select a layout with (Intl) at the end...i think that stands for International...i'm not sure, but its worth a try...
Tried ages okay; unfortunately it doesn't work (for me). Perhaps there are other settings that need to be included? I'm using a Siemens Fujitsu Lifebook, with (by my count) 88 keys (just like a piano?). There is a keyboard setting select menu, but nothing with 88 keys.

GT I.N.C 10-15-2002 08:00 AM

hmmm whats Primary Layout - w/ ISO9995-3 or w/ dead keys...you could try them....

other than that, i am not sure my friend...

Garry :D

mrGee 10-19-2002 05:08 AM

Hi
maybe look here for some reading and pick out what you
need. First the suse database answers, (note; i gave them in german, others can use the english section same database)

http://sdb.suse.de/de/sdb/html/maddi...atur_suse.html
http://sdb.suse.de/cgi-bin/sdbsearch...searchtype=and
http://www.mandrakeuser.org/docs/xwin/index.html#in
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Keyboard-a...ole-HOWTO.html

the tlpd contains more info take a look at the danish or thai
howto there is a section on keyboard setup also
enjoy

kpfeiffer 10-19-2002 05:25 AM

Thanks, I also got a good answer on the SuSE-KDE list. The default was a three-key combination (Right-CTRL, Right Shift, and Left Windows key I think) that then set up this "dead key effect": i.e. press '"' (nothing happens) then press 'a' and you get "".

Using this information and more I then modified my .Xmodmap file to make the Capslock a modifier key, so now I press Capslock and 'a' to get .

So I can type , , , and , , , and even ? (the Euro). Life is beautiful again.


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