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Old 06-08-2006, 08:18 AM   #1
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Configuring keymap and obtaining ALL unicode characters

Seeing boxes instead of actually characters saddens me, I know, that these are rarely languages - some of them - but I like the support for every single one of them. I have done my searching, but I probably don't have the right words to search for, as I cannot find what I am exactly looking for. Sadly. If any of you have any help, I'd be glad. :>

Another thing, I wish to edit some of my keymap, mainly because I want the dead key ^ (which is obtain by ALT GR + ") + J makes this character: Ĵ. Which for those who do not know, is a character used in Esperanto. See this for more information.

If the world was perfect enough, I'd love to create every single character on my keyboard - which of course simply isn't possible. But I wish to know how to edit my keymap. So I might do more than I imagine as of now.

Thanks in advance.
Old 06-10-2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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Look to the xmodmap program to modify keyboard commands. Whether it will do what you want though, I don't know. You may need to use some kind of hotkey program to set it up as a key combination.

As for unicode, do you realize just how many characters "ALL" means? AFAIK, there are only a few fonts that have anywhere near that level of completeness. But I think there are some that have most of the significant character sets. You'll just have to search around for ones you can use.

Edit: I did a quick grep through the Debian package lists, and came up with this: keyboards-rg
Description: Various keyboard layouts for X-window and linux console
keyboards-rg includes several keyboard layouts. Currently there is a Slovak programmers keyboard, Russian yawerty keyboard and an Esperanto keyboard for X-window system, and Slovak programmers keyboard and Russian yawerty keyboard for linux console.
I don't know if you'd be interested in it, but I thought I'd point it out.

And a few unicode fonts:
ttf-junicode - a Unicode font for medievalists (Latin, IPA and Runic)
ttf-mph-2b-damase - font with ranges from the latest version of unicode
unifont - X11 dual-width GNU Unicode font
xfonts-efont-unicode - /efont/ Unicode fonts for X which cover various scripts
xfonts-efont-unicode-ib - /efont/ Unicode fonts for X (italic and bold)

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