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Old 05-19-2007, 10:28 PM   #1
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Typing accented characters in Linux

Hi. I use gedit for editing in my Linux systems (SUSE and Fedora) and I find that I can't type in accented characters like I used to do in Windows.

In the text editor in Windows, even using an English keyboard configuration, I could type in accented characters by entering a combination of Alt+<ASCIIcode>, for example Alt+130 would type in the accented 'e' character; this sequence doesn't work in Linux.

Any suggestions on how to solve the problem ?

Old 05-19-2007, 10:58 PM   #2
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Gnome has an applet called Character Palette. Right click on a blank area on the panel, Select "Add to Panel"
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When I need accented characters, I like to switch to an international keyboard map, such as the intl variation of the us keyboard. If you use them often, there should be something in the settings menu to set that up.
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Thanks Rickh, the applet Character Map helped, however I found faster keyboard shortcuts.

Thanks Sonneteer, this may be of interest to you too.

According to Nodsu, the keyboard escape sequence in gnome is ctrl+shft, so while pressing it you type u+<UTF16charactercode> to type in the special characters.

For example:










Also in Fedora and SUSE you can use 'Character Map / All Unicode Blocks' to find out the UTF16 code for any other character you may want to use.

BTW I haven't tried this with KDE.



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