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TECH (was Cool Mac Unicode)

From:David McCann <david@...>
Date:Monday, November 10, 2008, 17:06
On Mon, 2008-11-10, Paul Bennett wrote:

> Linux here too, at least sometimes, and I've grown to love mapping the > Compose action to the otherwise-redundant (for me) "Menu" key. > Can anyone here help me explore the Compose key further…?
Actually, the Compose key is not a shift key like AltGr, but an escape key. When you press it, the computer waits to see if the next two keys represent a valid code for something else, so it's not confined to applying diacritics. Try the sequences Compose co, Compose p!, and Compose ?? and you'll see what I mean. The combinations are generally listed in /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose If your distro puts them somewhere else, searching for en_US.UTF-8 will find them. The file is plain text and easily understood and modified. Alternatively, you can put a list of additions or alterations into ~/.Compose. If you have the Gnome desktop, you may find a few don't work. If so, the cure is to insert the line GTK_IM_MODULE=xim into the file /etc/environment. You can find out all about special characters and keyboards in Linux at Go to the wiki there and look up "foreign characters" and "keyboards".