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Old 09-26-2006, 04:58 AM   #1
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typing "international characters" on Zenwalk

it was much easier to type international characters when i was using slackware... i was typing things in english, french and russian. but now with zenwalk i don't seem to find any easy way to type international characters unless i change the keyboard layout.

so for example if i need to type in "cuillre".. is there any easier way to type "" than by opening up the special character map program and cutting and pasting the characters i want?

maybe an easier way to change between keyboard layouts - which would be quite handy for me, changing between EN, RU and FR.

or some shortcut keys to make it easier to type and so on...!

or some package that would allow me to do all that.

or maybe there isn't one to do all that job at all...
oh and if i could type Japanese in Zenwalk... that would be the bestest day of my life. haha but yeah i think that's too much to ask at the moment.

cheers guys!!
Old 09-26-2006, 06:45 AM   #2
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this is not the only solution, but you can use :
setxkbmap us
to change keyboardmap (change us with :fr, ru, .... as needed)
and (maybe, ... not checked):,899.0.html (this is for chinese but might be helpful for japanese)
Old 09-27-2006, 07:45 AM   #3
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thanks guth! that's helpful! i am going to try out the thing on this link also: i took a brief look at the keyboard mapping and how these keys are assigned. i am using the UK keyboard... and i found that they really don't maximise the usage of their keys. i prefer the layouts for french keyboards. anyway, thanks.
Old 09-30-2006, 03:56 PM   #4
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i've just managed to change the layout for my keyboard by changing "gb" (coz i am using the uk key board layout) in /etc/X11/xkb/symbols/pc directory.

so now i changed the file to

xkb_symbols "basic" {

// Describes the differences between a very simple en_US
// keyboard and a very simple U.K. keyboard layout defined by
// the SVR4 European Language Supplement and sometimes also
// known as the IBM 166 layout.

include "pc/latin"

name[Group1]="United Kingdom";

key <AE02> { [ 2, quotedbl, ccedilla, Ccedilla ] };
key <AE03> { [ 3, sterling, dead_breve, sterling ] };
key <AE04> { [ 4, dollar, EuroSign, dead_diaeresis ] };
key <AE06> { [ 6, circumflex, dead_circumflex, dead_caron ] };

key <AC11> { [apostrophe, at, dead_grave, dead_caron] };
key <TLDE> { [ grave, notsign, dead_acute, bar ] };

key <BKSL> { [numbersign, asciitilde, dead_tilde, dead_ogonek ] };
key <LSGT> { [ backslash, brokenbar, exclamdown, brokenbar ] };

include "level3(ralt_switch)"

then restart the computer.

so now when i type AltRight+~ then n gives , AltRight+2 gives and so on... that dead-key thing is very useful so now i can type with acute, grave and even with ogonek (if i ever want to type something in Polish! haha)

and for getting the russian keyboard layout, i just have to change the keyboard layout manually at the moment. but that's ok...

i am happy! hurray!


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