Q: adding to compose key mappings?

D. R. Evans doc.evans at gmail.com
Wed Sep 20 23:08:30 BST 2006

On 20/09/06, Thilo Six <T.Six at gmx.de> wrote:
> D. R. Evans wrote the following on 20.09.2006 16:06:
> > Does anyone know where the file is that is used to define the mappings
> > for the compose key (meaning, what file tells the system that when I
> > hit compose-'-e then I really want an é?).
> >
> > I want to add some additional sequences for some unicode characters
> > that right now I cannot easily produce when I am typing (such as the
> > musical flat symbol, for example).
> I do not know where gconf saves this data, but with the program
> "gnome-keyboard-properties" (hit ALT+F2 then enter
> gnome-keyboard-properties) on the tap Layout options, there you can
> define the key mapped to compose easily.

That's easy to do in KDE too (and this is, after all, a KDE reflector
:-) ). There's an item in the Keyboard Layout configuration dialogue
under Regional and Accessibility that sllows you to set the Compose
key to be things like right-ctrl (which is what I use).

A quite lengthy search to discover where the compose key mappings are
held, however, has come up empty. Considering that it's such a useful
and powerful capability, its documentation seems to be remarkably

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