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Keyboards (was OE diphthongs/breaking)

From:David McCann <david@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 15:58
On Tue, 2008-07-22, Mark J. Reed wrote:

> Right-alt (a.k.a. Alt Gr) only works with the keyboard set to US Intl, > which might have other undesired effects (like turning some > punctuation marks into dead keys). > > I don't much use Windows, so I don't have a good setup for typing > non-ASCII characters on it. I tend to resort to the Character Map > utility for anything except the characters useful for the Spanish > language, whose numpad codes I've memorized (161='¡', 191='¿', > 225='á', 233='é', 237='í', 241='ñ', 243='ó', 250='ú', 252='ü').
Do Windows users know that you can get a keyboard layout modification program (free!) from Microsoft's website? I can't vouch for it, since I've never had a computer running Windows, but it sounds a good idea. Of course, Linux keyboard drivers are plain text, so anyone can rewrite them. On mine, Alt-Gr+a is ə; unless I've pressed GroupShift (aka Menu), when it becomes ☉. Entering codes takes me back to MDSOS in the 80s: no wonder so many people still use that ghastly SAMPA rubbish. Where can you get þ from Compose-b-p, Tristan? I've never seen it listed for Solaris and it certainly doesn't work on my Linux PC.