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#1 2006-05-28 13:44:02

Komodo
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How to type special characters?

How do you type special characters in 'nux? It's a question that's never arisen in my 2 years as a user, until now.

In Windows you do an Alt-[number] combination. What's the linux equivalent, if any? For example, I'd like to type the 'not' symbol that appears on the tilde key, but can't on my Dvorak layout.


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#2 2006-05-28 15:31:06

vacant
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Re: How to type special characters?

Komodo wrote:

How do you type special characters in 'nux?

On my UK keyboard I get the accented e on the end of Cybercafé by holding down "Alt Gr" then tapping ";" then pressing "e".

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Accented_Characters

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#3 2006-05-28 15:38:53

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Re: How to type special characters?

fantastic link, cheers vacant big_smile


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#4 2006-05-28 15:53:03

Komodo
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Re: How to type special characters?

Bugger, it doesn't appear to work for me. Maybe it's because of my Dvorak layout :shock:


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#5 2006-05-28 19:28:23

Snowman
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Re: How to type special characters?

Maybe you need to use another combination of keys.

Another solution solution would be to use something like this in your xorg.conf:

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier "Keyboard0"
        Driver "keyboard"
        Option "CoreKeyboard"
        Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
        Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
        Option "XkbLayout" "us,ca(fr)"
        Option "XkbOptions" "grp:shifts_toggle"
#       Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
EndSection

By pressing the 2 shift keys at the same time, I switch the keyboard: us <-> ca(fr).  You could do the same and switch to a French/International dvorak keyboard to type the special characters.

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#6 2006-05-28 20:14:51

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Re: How to type special characters?

Snowman, you're a legend; I love hearing about things I never even knew existed, or had considered. I've always been aware of the XkbOptions in xorg.conf obviously, but I've never really thought about using them for anything.

Thank you wink


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#7 2006-05-29 01:23:05

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Re: How to type special characters?

Komodo wrote:

Snowman, you're a legend; I love hearing about things I never even knew existed, or had considered. I've always been aware of the XkbOptions in xorg.conf obviously, but I've never really thought about using them for anything.

Thank you wink

For the XkbOptions trick, you'll need to thank codemac. I got that from him in another thread. tongue

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#8 2006-05-29 02:02:58

Komodo
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Re: How to type special characters?

Snowman wrote:

For the XkbOptions trick, you'll need to thank codemac. I got that from him in another thread. tongue

lol, right!  I'll buy him a virtual beer the next time I see him big_smile


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#9 2006-06-02 00:49:27

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Re: How to type special characters?

You totally owe me that virtual beer.

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#10 2006-06-02 07:34:34

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Re: How to type special characters?

codemac wrote:

You totally owe me that virtual beer.

XD


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#11 2006-06-05 21:04:18

neri
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Re: How to type special characters?

Just to mention it here: Some toolkits have their own input methods. ALL gtk2
applications support:
SHIFT+CTRL keep holding while typing the Hexcode repraesentation of your chars:
Ôá etc

also works in urxvt. For the more fancy style you prolly wanna test scim and friends.

   -neri

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#12 2006-06-06 07:06:49

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Re: How to type special characters?

If you are using garnome, it is in it.

http://live.gnome.org/Gucharmap


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