Re: Dead keys

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Mon Sep 26 2005 - 16:43:27 CST

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    From: "Wulfy" <>
    > Since the accent key would follow the <compose>key, it would only be
    > "dead" in the sense that it produced the combining character, all other
    > times, it would produce what is on the key. Someone mentioned the case
    > when typing a URL <> (or some such) and the
    > dead "~" produced an e-tilde, rather than a "~e". This couldn't happen on
    > my proposed map... to get e-tilde, you'd have to *want* to do it...
    > <compose>e~.

    Bad idea! Almost all time, users of a native keyboard for their language DO
    WANT the combination to occur. It's then best to have eventually a more
    omplex input for entering the characters when they DO NOT WANT the
    That's why the combination of DEAD KEY + SPACE is mapped and used this way.

    But I can accept the fact that a keyboard driver could implement two modes
    with either preferences. But the simplest then is to have two keyboard maps
    and to switch between them (for example with the language/keyboard bar in
    Windows where alternate keyboards can be switched easily with the mouse or
    with a user-designated special key combination like Ctrl+Alt+3, made
    distinct from AltrGr+3 when dual keyboard maps are active).

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