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Old 12-23-2009, 07:08 PM   #1
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Bind/map Character to alt+[some key]?

In programming and various terminal programs (Screen, Vim) the [, ], { and } tends to be used a lot. I'm using a Norwegian keyboard where these are placed such that I have to stretch my fingers a bit too long for whats comfortable. To make it easier I though I'd try to make alt+[some key] be one of these characters. Is there a way that I can bind, say alt+ (Norwegian letter) to '{' system wide?

Btw, is such thing called binding, mapping or something else? I'm getting a bit confused by the terms...
Old 12-23-2009, 07:31 PM   #2
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I don't remember the details, but I'm assuming you're in a GUI. This should help:
Old 12-23-2009, 08:05 PM   #3
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In vim you can use :imap <input symbol> <desired symbol> command to make vim replace one symbol to another in input mode.
For being able to use handy keystrokes through all system you can use third plane of keymap. It's like a second plane, which you can use with Shift pressed, but usually it's empty. To use it modify your keymap file in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/no. Add bracketleft, bracketright, braceleft, braceright as third symbols on desired keys. Than add a switch for this plane (lv3:alt_switch) to the XkbOptions string of your xorg.conf file.


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