Polish fonts without Polish environment

Neil Woolford neil at neilwoolford.co.uk
Fri Jun 10 11:59:02 UTC 2005

At 12:04 10/06/05, you wrote:

>I need to make a Polish wedding invitation, but i don't speak much
>Polish myself. I'd like to use Scribus or maybe xfig, but i'm having
>problems with Polish diacritics (there's some accents, and an l with a
>bar through it for example).
>I don't want to change my system to Polish, cos then i won't be able
>to use it anymore.
>Can anyone briefly describe the steps to set up my polish fonts (using
>US layout keyboard, by the way, so some tips on that would be handy
>too). I'm guessing many people would benefit from this: many languages
>have slightly different charsets, and i think many people want to use
>USEnglish Ubuntu, but still be able to write "correct" documents in
>their own language... I'm aware of UTF-8 n stuff, i just don't know
>how to get scribus/xfig/firefox to use it correctly.

I think your best bet is to try the 'compose key' method, which certainly works
under Xorg on Hoary and maybe on the earlier Xfree (Warty) as well.

First step is to make sure you have a 'compose' key set up on your keyboard;
do this under System > Preferences > Keyboard > Layout Options tab > compose.

If you press the designated key, then the following two keys combine to 
make an
extended (UTF-8 I assume) character.  For example 'compose' then 'c' then 
'o' gives the copyright
sign.  Don't hold down the compose key, it isn't like using control or alt.
(I'm on the wrong computer to do this 'live' as part of the message!)

Go to tauware.de/content/view/18/52/ for a useful chart of many of the possible
combinations.  Unfortunately it isn't absolutely comprehensive, the Polish 
l in particular isn't there.

Hope this helps, at least as a start.

>You can give me a nice flaming if there's a good HOWTO on the web
>somewhere: i didn't find it after lots of searching...

We're gentle round here...

>thx a bunch,

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