Re: Keyboard entry on PCs

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Jul 07 2002 - 23:48:17 EDT

John Cowan <jcowan at reutershealth dot com> wrote:

>> AltGr on the PC corresponds to ISO 9995 Level 3, as Option does on
>> Mac, so you would use AltGr for this purpose. Keyboards that don't
>> an AltGr key (all keyboards in North America, for instance) can use
>> Ctrl+Alt [...].
> Eh? When I'm using the US-International keyboard, which I do when
> I want to type in the full Latin-1 range, the left Alt key remains
> Alt, and the right Alt key becomes AltGr, no need for Alt+Ctrl.
> The fact that the keycap doesn't *say* AltGr is not relevant.

Yes, of course you are right. "Having an AltGr key" is all about the
keyboard driver, not how the key is marked.

I tend to avoid the US-International keyboard that comes with Windows
because of the intrusive dead-key behavior attached to the apostrophe
and quotation-mark keys. You have to type an extra space before vowels
and spaces *but not before other letters* to get the expected single-
and double-quote behavior. Personally, I'd rather type AltGr+key to get
the combining diacritic and leave the unshifted keys alone. (Maybe I'd
better start investigating those keyboard-building tools.)

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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