Linux.com: Creating Custom Keyboard Layouts for X11 using XKB
Jun 11, 2004, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In most modern desktop environments there is a small applet
that allows users to quickly switch between keyboard layouts when
they need to type text in more than one language. However, there
are situations where this solution is not quite satisfactory. Some
writing jobs (that of a translator, for example) require writing
text in which words from several languages are intermixed, which
would make frequent switches between keyboard layouts necessary.
This is a big inconvenience, even when keyboard shortcuts are used
to switch between layouts. Another problem is that the logical
keyboard layouts used may sometimes not fit the physical keyboard
layout very well, resulting in a confusing setup.
"One solution is to use layouts with so called dead keys. This
is a way of generating accented characters by first pressing a key
which corresponds to the accent (the dead key) and then a letter
key (e.g. pressing ~ and then n generates ñ)..."