accented characters from the keyboard

Johnny Rosenberg gurus.knugum at
Tue Dec 6 16:35:53 UTC 2011

2011/12/6 Doug <dmcgarrett at>:
> On 12/5/2011 5:58 PM, PleegWat wrote:
>> On 12/05/2011 11:12 PM, Udvarias Ur wrote:
>>> Is there some way of entering accented characters from the keyboard?
> /snip/
>> Secondly, you can configure a key on your keyboard as 'Compose key'. To
>> do this, on the keyboard layout configuration screen, press the
>> 'Options...' button, and under 'Compose key position' select one or more
>> keys. This allows you to enter all kinds of characters by pressing the
>> compose key followed by a number of other keys. For your example:
>> Compose, ', e or Compose, e, ' give é.
> /snip/
> I use the compose key combination all the time when I need European
> characters, and some others.  In the examples above, leave out the commas.
>  In other words, it's just Compose 'e  or Compose e' to get
> é.  You can get all the European characters, including ß ¡ ¿ ç ñ, all the
> German umlauts, everything upper and lower case, and the money signs € £ ¥ ƒ
> ¢ and a couple fractions ½ ¼. µ also, for µF, etc.This §
> is Compose pp, if you're making an index or something.  You can also
> get a paragraph sign, ¶ Compose |q.
> This trick works in just about everything, including the Bash (Konsole)
> environment, KWrite, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, etc.
> To use this dingus in Windows, look for and download a freebie called
> AllChars.  For AllChars you can do Compose am for a help screen.  I'm
> not in Linux at the moment, so I don't know if that works there. (I
> just discovered that by accident!)

When I had Windows (until 2007) I used AllChars all the time. It
emulates the Unix/Linux Compose key thing and it provides text
expansion (like my signature, for instance – i only type ”kregj”,
which is replaced with my signature automatically). Since I'm not on
Windows these days, I don't use AllChars anymore (they went open
source recently, but I don't think there is a Linux version yet, or
ever will be). There is a guy who wrote a similar thing, but without
the Compose thing (since it's already built in into all
GNU/Linux-distributions). The program is written in Python and is
called AutoKey.

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