Re: French accented letters (was: Re: Monetary decimal separators)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Mon Sep 19 2005 - 09:32:13 CDT

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    Philippe Verdy <verdy underscore p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:

    >>> I should add that capital vowels with grave are only supported
    >>> because Microsoft has extended the French keyboard by overriding the
    >>> behavior of AltGr+7 as a grave accent dead key instead of the legacy
    >>> ASCII only character.
    >> Then they are supported.
    > You've not understood. Only the GRAVE accent is supported now as
    > supplementary a dead key (along with TILDE, except that French has no
    > letter with TILDE...), but not the CEDILLA (so can't type 'Ç'), and
    > not the ACUTE (so can't type 'É').

    Sorry, you are right. Looking at the French layout again, I see that
    the capital letters with cedilla and acute are not supported by either
    dedicated keys or dead-key combinations, i.e. not supported at all.

    In this respect the French keyboard is similar to the Italian, which has
    no way to type any accented uppercase letters. Both would benefit from
    dead-key combinations, but both already have the most obvious Level 3
    (AltGr) keys already assigned to other characters.

    Doug Ewell
    Fullerton, California

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