Open main menu

Curly Turkey

Joined 27 December 2005
RETIRED
This user is no longer active on Wikipedia.
Thanksgiving episode of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland

Multi-language input setup

I often have to input diacritics and other characters (more off-Wiki than on), so I have my computer set up to handle these things.

I'm a Linux guy, and prefer Debian. I'm sure there are methods similar to the following for Windows or Mac, but I don't know them. As I live in Japan, I use a Japanese keyboard; most of the keys are the same as on an American keyboard, but some puctuation marks are in different places, and there's a button for switching between Roman and Japanese input. For Japanese input I use kkc with Fcitx.

To input diacritics, I have made my Insert key into a Compose key—the Compose key is common on European keyboards. To do this, I have added the line keysym Insert = Multi_key to my ~/.xmodmap file and run $ xmodmap ~/.xmodmap at startup. Of course, this could be done with any other key on the keyboard I don't use. The Compose key makes input of diacritics a snap—for example:

  • Compose + ' + e = é (great for French)
  • Compose + " + o = ö (great for German)
  • Compose + - + a = ā (great for Japanese)
  • Compose + a + e = æ (great for words like encyclopædia, though you won't get away with this on Wikipædia)
  • Compose + - + - + - = — (an emdash—I love these)
  • Compose + - + - + . = – (an endash—used on Wikipædia for date ranges: 1899–1943)

I'm always discovering new uses for the Compose key. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to support IPA, which I use all the time off-Wiki (and sometimes on-Wiki), I don't know an easy method to input IPA characters, so I guess I'm stuck with copy & paste.

Some pet peeves

Recognized content

Articles created

* = created after following a REDLINK

This is a Wikipedia user page.

If you find this page on any site other than Wikipedia, you are viewing a mirror site. Be aware that the page may be outdated, and that the user this page belongs to may have no personal affiliation with any site other than Wikipedia itself. The original page is located at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Curly_Turkey.