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Re: Question asked on OOo mailing list - probably better asked here ??



Thanks Alan;

I have and use the compose button.  On my keyboard it is the Windows
Menu button.

On Tue, 2007-02-27 at 19:13 +0000, Alan wrote:
> The X server does keyboard mapping of keys and you can use X to map keys.
> If you have an international keyboard set up then X ships with compose
> functionality which for the subset of symbols it does is usually easier
> to learn.
> 
> Basically hit alt (left alt to US folks) and shift together, then let go
> of both, now type two keys in sequence that compose the resulting symbol.
> 
> The compose pairs are designed to be logical thus
> 
> 	ss = ß
> 	a' = á
> 	e^ = ê
> 	e= = €
> 	c, = ç
> 
> and so on
> 
> Alan

I am not advocating getting rid of the compose facility.  I would still
use it for less frequently used accented characters; the same applies to
using <Ctrl><Shft>U,unicode#.  However, some of the glyphs that I use
regularly are not part of any compose table I know of and as far as
accent characters are concerned -- they seem to break the flow of the
thought while I am typing.

If, for example, I regularly write articles about the card game bridge I
want to easily get the glyphs ♠ or ♣ or ♥ or ♦ without having to use a
cheat sheet -- like I have just done.  Similarly, I am an English
Canadian who learnt to touch type on an American Qwerty board years ago.
This means I don't want to use or need to use a 'Canadian' keyboard but
does mean I probably use some French accented characters more often than
other nationalities.  Just to keep the ideas flowing I would like to set
a few shortcut keys that are meaningful to me to produce those
characters.  Maybe I want to use regularly use a few Hebrew, or Arabic
or Chinese characters.

Actually, whatever reason I may decide to use a shortcut key is
irrelevant.  It's a facility I would like to see available.

It seems to me what I am asking for is not a criticism of what currently
exists, but merely a feature that would make inputing more meaningful
and quicker for people who as a matter of routine use characters/glyphs
that are beyond the usual ASCII 256.
-- 
Regards Bill


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