[Edgy] vowels in gnome

Jaime Davila jdavila at hampshire.edu
Fri Nov 3 14:58:02 UTC 2006

SmasSive wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a problem with vowels in gnome. I'm a spanish user with a pc105
> keyboard, well configured in Xorg and gdm, I can type vowels in a console
> and in the login screen of gdm but when I run into gnome, I can't.
> The only maner I can type a vowel is combining alt key + vocal. I've
> configured gnome with pc105 generic keyboard but didn't work...
> Any help would be appreciated.
> Thanks!

I'm not sure I understand when it is that things work for you and when 
they don't, but here's how I get accents and other special characters in 
gnome. This works in any application I run from gnome.

All you have to do is tell gnome which key to use for composing 
characters. You tell it in the following way:

Start->System->Preferences->keyboard. Then click on the /Layout Options/ 
tab. Click on /Compose Key Position/, and then choose which key you want 
to use as the compose key. I personally use the right-alt key.

After that, I just need to press right-alt, and the combination of 
characters that get me what I need. For example, I get á by pressing 
right-alt, ', and a. In that way, I can get the following characters: á 
é í ó ú ü (u and ") ñ (n and ~). I imagine there's a bunch of other 
characters, but those are the ones I tend to use.

Hope that helps,



Jaime J. Davila
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Hampshire College
School of Cognitive Science
jdavila at hampshire dot edu

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