[ubuntu-uk] special characters for french in ubuntu and open-office

Wulfy wulfmann at tiscali.co.uk
Sun Mar 30 12:05:59 BST 2008

Stephen O'Neill wrote:
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> Wulfy wrote:
> | Try pressing <AltGR>; e which should give é.  If it does, the other
> | accents are on the punctuation keys around the right end of the keyboard.
> This does not work for me and hasn't in the 4 years or so that I've been
> using Linux (Fedora and Ubuntu).
> AltGr+e gives e
> Ctrl+Alt+e gives e

Try AltGr+; then e...  just using AltGr+e gives me "e", too...
> This is true for Open Office. It is also true for Text Editor and
> Thunderbird except that Ctrl+Alt produces no text output.

It works in OO.o Writer for me...
> Seeing as we're on this topic I'd be grateful for any suggestions as
> it's a problem that's bugged me for years but never managed to track down.
> My keyboard layout is Generic 105-key (Intl) PC according to
> System->Preferences->Keyboard.
Hmmm...  one wrinkle is I'm using Kubuntu rather than Ubuntu... I 
thought, perhaps, it's a difference at that level but I just tried it in 
console (<Ctrl><Alt><f1>) and it works there, too.

> I have just tried Tony's "Compose key" approach which does actually work
> for me (thank you Tony!). It would be nice to get AltGr working for the
> more common accents but "Compose" is clearly more robust.
I don't know why it's not working for you.  I found this almost by 
accident as I was looking to find a way to type accented characters and 
specials like "æ", "ð" and "þ"...



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