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Old 05-09-2017, 08:40 AM   #1
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write special chars like osx


I often write letters in other languages and need to write special chars. Currently i copy and paste them always. I also know there are composing keys and other input methods, but I want it like following (if possible, but I'm confident)!

When you press longer on a key, for example "a", a kind of menu opens, similar to the image above. The apple users know it I loved this idea because it is a way i can remember and also an intuitive way and I can recommend it to others.

So my question is, is there any software that realie this? or is there any way to catch those long presses and execute some python code?
Or maybe any other idea.


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I don't know of any software that works exactly like that, probably because there's no need! The options for special characters in Linux are

1. Using the third-level shift (AltGr), which is the quickest although supporting a limited range of options: best if you only type in one or two languages.

2. Putting a character palette on the panel. This is the closest to what you are looking for and has the advantage that you can select your characters and their arrangement. e.g. Gnome and Mate have
If you're using Ubuntu's Unity
Nothing for KDE or Xfce, I'm sorry to say.

3. Using Compose. A little slower, but very versatile and customisable. Thus the standard includes not just things like but even ẩ and ; I also have ɬ and ƛ. What I call the "Windows Beehive key" on the bottom right is the most convenient, I find.

4. Picking the character from Writer's character list: the last resort.


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