[Scribus] US keyboard layout, but with German Umlaute
Fri Jan 4 19:08:00 CET 2008
claas kuhnen wrote:
> Hi all
> I found a mac tool which allows to mape ae, oe, ue, and ss onto a,o,u, and s
> with pressing the alt key in addition.
> a = a
> shift a = A
> alt a = AE
> Howvever I did not find such a tool for windows xp. does anybody here have a
> Because I am working on a US macbook I want to stick to the printed key
> layout while mapping the extra characters (Umlaute)
> to selected keys.
Dead keys might do what you want. If so, switch to the "US
International" / "United States-International" keyboard layout in the
"Regional and Language options" control panel. It might be somewhere
slightly different under XP - maybe keyboard?
Anyway, using the US International layout will delay the effect of the '
and " keys (among others) to let them be combined with other keys. To
get the original keys you have to press space after them, eg quote-space
for a quote. With dead keys you can type 'a to get ? , `a to get ?, etc.
The dead " and ' keys take some getting used to, but you'll soon find
that you type as fast with them as before. It helps that if there's no
valid combination what you typed gets input exactly - so, for example,
if I type 's I just get 's .
The US International layout also switches the right alt key to a compose
key (you'll often see this referred to as AltGR), very much like what
you're talking about. For example I can type ? by hitting right-alt-s
and many others are similarly intuitive, including common "utility"
symbols like ? (right-alt-c).
Unfortunately Windows doesn't offer you much control over dead keys &
compose keys. You can't use just dead keys or just compose keys; you get
both or nothing, and they're entirely tied up in the keyboard layout so
you can't turn them on or off for different layouts. Still, the US
International layout does an OK job, and you can hotkey switch to the
default one if you run into a program that can't cope. I haven't needed
to yet, and in fact disabled the hotkey since I'd trigger it
accidentally and start typing with spurious spaces like " this" .
By the way, Mac OS X has built-in dead keys & compose keys, so I'm a bit
confused about why you needed a 3rd party utility.
The layouts will not be the same with the stock US International layout.
For example, right-alt-a under Windows is ? not ? . This could be
annoying. Many are the same, though. ? is right-alt-n on Windows and
option-n on Mac OS X, for example.
There's some information here that could help if you find that you want
to try to get things more consistent:
As a final note, Scribus may not play properly with dead keys & compose
sequences when editing directly on the canvas, as there have been some
issues there related to specific configurations. It'll certainly behave
in the story editor.
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