Ok...Special Characters Tutorial: (Slackware 10 w/ Gnome is the test subject)
I'm not sure how I got where I am (which is very frustrating), but this is how it seems to work.**
1. Hit apostraphe and then a letter with the ´ accent over it and you'll get that letter.
-Hit apostraphe and then 'space' and you can use the regular apostraphe.
-Hit shift+apostraphe and then a letter and you get the two dots ¨ over it...like ü.
-Hit shift+apostraphe and then 'space' and you get quotes: "
2. Hit the reverse-apostraphe and you get the ` accent over the letter (and the rest follows suit...w/ space,etc.)
-Hit shift+reverse-apostrahpe to get the tilde and you get the ever so-desired ñ (if you hit n afterwards)
3. Side note, capitalizing the letter after hitting the 'initial symbol' (apostraphe,tilde,etc) gives you the capital accented letter: É (for example)
4. For upside-down question marks and exclamation marks hit the Right ALT key and then hit either of those twice: ALT+?? = ¿
**How I think this works is I went into Keyboard under the Desktop Prefences (for newbs like myself), and then made my keyboard 104 Key Generic and Used US English w/ Dead Keys. Under Layout Options I made Right Alt compose (I believe that has to do w/ the question mark and exclamation mark only). *This feature is under Compose in Layout Options.
For the apostraphe trick I'm still trying to figure this one out. I did go to
and scrolled down to the Linux section and downloaded this following file: http://www.samiam.org/us_es
(directions for placement are on the site given). I changed my layout to us_es under xorgconfig...restarted and then did the DesktopPreferences-->Keyboard-->Layout changes stated above. And that's where I'm at now. If anyone knows anything more specific about how the ABOVE is possible...PLEASE ADD IT TO THIS PAGE!!!