From: Donald Z. Osborn (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jul 18 2004 - 09:44:27 CDT
Thanks for this info. I've been used to thinking in terms of deadkeys or
Alt(Gr)- combos as alternative approaches, each with different advantages. For
me using an Alt(Gr)- combo as a deadkey seems to defeat the advantage of having
an AltGr key: In non-English European language keyboard layouts of course it
permits access to accented characters without use of deadkeys.
I do agree that the deadkeys in the US International keyboard can make typing a
little tedious, but it is quick (once you get used to it).
I guess the advantage of the technology is that it permits a lot of solutions
for different needs and preferences.
I'll cc to a12n-collaboration, where there have been discussions on the Alt-
combo vs. deadkey solution with regard to extended character & diacritic needs
of African languages (which go well beyond Latin-1 in many cases).
Quoting John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> http://www.livejournal.com/users/gwalla/39856.html is a page about
> (and a link to) a truly excellent Windows keyboard driver that
> provides full access to the Latin-1 range but is completely compatible
> with the US-ASCII keyboard except for AltGr (the right Alt key).
> All non-ASCII characters and dead keys are available there: for
> example, to get à, one types AltGr-` followed by a.
> I can't recommend this too much; I immediately dropped both the US-ASCII
> and US-International keyboards, which I have been using in alternation.
> The only (very minor) problem with it is that for some reason it messes
> up Ctrl-Shift and Ctrl-nonletter key combinations.
> "Well, I'm back." --Sam John Cowan <email@example.com>
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