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Old 10-04-2005, 06:02 AM   #1
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access new symbols with latin & keys

Hi all,
after almost one year of Mandrake, I switched to KUbuntu.

I not regret but for one thing:
with mdk I was able to access a lot of new symbols for my US keyboard,
through the use of Alt + keys.

It is the Alt key located on the right and in some way is connected with
the file latin.

/etc/X11/xkb/symbols/pc/ latin
By simply modifying this file I was able to access all the symbols I wanted,
like European accented letters, and also "(" and ")" in a new location
(Alt < - Alt >).

With ubuntu you still have the latin file but the Alt +keys combination is
Does anyone knows a mean of enabling the aforementioned trick?

For reference I list a brief extract of latin file:
// Common Latin alphabet layout
// $XFree86: xc/programs/xkbcomp/symbols/pc/latin,v 1.3 2002/12/20 20:18:34 paulo Exp $

default partial
xkb_symbols "basic" {

key <AE01> { [ 1, exclam, onesuperior, exclamdown ] };
key <AE02> { [ 2, at, twosuperior, oneeighth ] };
key <AE03> { [ 3, numbersign, threesuperior, sterling ] };
key <AE04> { [ 4, dollar, onequarter, dollar ] };
key <AE05> { [ 5, percent, onehalf, threeeighths ] };
key <AE06> { [ 6, asciicircum, threequarters, fiveeighths ] };
For example to have parenteses using Alt+<>, change the lines:
key <AB08> { [ comma, less, horizconnector, multiply ] };
key <AB09> { [ period, greater, periodcentered, division ] };
key <AB08> { [ comma, less, parenleft, multiply ] };
key <AB09> { [ period, greater, parenright, division ] };
Very easy... without any complication like using xmodemap or similar configuration method.

So, if I can enable Alt+keys...



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