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Old 09-27-2004, 02:38 AM   #1
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Special characters on keyboard

This one seems ridiculous but I can't solve it.
In my swiss french keyboard, some of the keys have 3 characters. The @ character for example needs Ctrl+Alt+2
I also tried the Alt+64 (depress Alt, imput 6 and 4 on numeric keypad) from my DOS recollection, no success.
Please how can I do this? I need to imput the @ characters in many places. Up to now I paste & cut from htlm pages for example, but it does not work in a terminal window.
Old 09-27-2004, 06:56 AM   #2
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1- Normally, your distro will give you a tool to configure your keyboard. Under mandrake for example, there is on icon in "drakconf" to declare that your keyboard is french swiss.

2- You can do it manually, reconfiguring your keyboard easily by
"xmodmap". look at the man page for more info.
Old 09-27-2004, 02:33 PM   #3
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I seem to have a related problem. When I boot up on my laptop, Mandrake sets one of the 'lock' keys as active - which means that until I remember to turn it off, various of the other keys give incorrect values. Any way I can stop this from happening at all ??


Old 09-28-2004, 07:29 AM   #4
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Indeed I have a swiss french keyboard. The problem is accessing the 3d character in one key. Actually I found the solution, stupid of me, it was to use the right alt key (the one on the right of the space bar)!

Thanks for your help anyway!


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