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Old 03-17-2004, 05:02 AM   #1
Registered: Apr 2003
Location: Bangalore
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French accented alphabets..... HELP!!!!

I had posted about a week back about typing in French on Mandrake 9.1. someone told me to install the french locale and KDE Files. I did that (The Locale-Fr RPM and the KDE I18 n files). But still I do not understand how to set up my standard American Keyboard to type in the french characters (Accented Alphabets etc....)

What is the method to map the keyboard...... Any french people or people who are using both french and english for their communication... please HELP.....

I get these assignments in my french class and have to turn to winblows to complete them (YUCK!!!!!).......

Please help..
this is urgent...
Old 03-17-2004, 08:35 AM   #2
Registered: Nov 2003
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In Mandrake/KDE, there are two places you can go...

First, if you would want to always have a french keyboard layout, you would have to go in Mandrake Control Center in the hardware section. In there, there is the keyboard icon... You would just have to select a french one! Now be carefull, there are many different french keyboard layout! In particular, you have the one for people in France and you have the one for people in Quebec, Canada... What is the difference? Well the one in France is of type Azerty, which is not compatible with American keyboard. The one in Quebec, Canada, is of type Qwerty, which is, yes, compatible with American keyboards. For your information, just in case you don't know, Azerty and Qwerty are the letters on the keys at the right of the Tab key.

Second, If you just want an additional layout, just go into KDE Controle Center, in the Accessibility->Keyboard Layout section. In there, activate the keyboard layouts and choose the one you want, according to the explanations I have provided above.

Note: The information I have provided is based on Mandrake 10.0 and KDE 3.2. However, it should be very similar with Mandrake 9.2 and KDE 3.1.3...


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