by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/07/29 10:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2008/07/29/8787659.aspx
Richard asks (via the Contact link):
I have a (physical) US keyboard. I often write emails to and about mainland Europe based people, and like to spell their names correctly.
Typically I would remember some key sequences so that I could spell Jürgen's name correctly by typing J,ALT-0252,rgen etc.
I found recently that by switching to a US-international keyboard in windows I can instead use RIGHTALT-u and RIGHTALT-y etc. for easier (more obvious at least) access to those accented characters.
However, it has the side effect of causing me to be unable to write "echo", as the first quote followed by e causes ë to be written instead and i end up typing ""<bksp>e instead, which is a pain.
So - is there a better way (rather than using the character map application) for a US keyboard owner to type in accented characters but not be burdened with headaches around " and ' ?
(I never really use the right alt (alt-gr I guess) in daily use, so it was convenient to use it for accented characters).
While I'm here, some supplemental points:
1) your site appears to crash firefox3 pretty hard, for me at least
2) I use tweakui to set "focus follows mouse". That's a pain when using the language bar because it switches languages back when you re-focus by moving the mouse.
Apologies if this is not the place to ask, but your blog seemed to have lots of relevant and useful information.
In my book, the best/easiest way to handle this is:
And then everything ends up better. :-)
Keep the keyboard layout around for the future, too. If it is what you are used to typing with, you'll probably want to use it again....
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John Cowan on 29 Jul 2008 3:26 PM:
Time to point to the lovely Latin-1 keyboard (the only magic keystroke is AltGr/Right-Alt) at http://gwalla.livejournal.com/39856.html and the followup at http://unicode.org/mail-arch/unicode-ml/y2004-m07/0288.html
Henry Böhlert on 30 Jul 2008 5:38 AM:
Richard, instead of ""<BKSP>, I'm used to type "<SPC>.
I find US-International pretty slick, but in Germany we don't have too many diacritics, so I'm probably not a good benchmark.
However, it took a while to find the EURO sign € on [Right-Alt] 5: http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/keyboards/kbdusx.htm
Andrew Cook on 30 Jul 2008 3:08 PM:
Your site works fine for me
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1a2pre) Gecko/2008073003 Firefox/3.1a2pre
mirabilos on 1 Aug 2008 3:36 AM:
also has a „complete latin1“
US-based layout, by mapping
Alt_R to a faked Meta
key like on Unix/BSD
M-x = chr$(asc(x) + 128)
KBDmir1U is generated with
MSKLC 1.3, KBDmir2U with
MSKLC 1.4 and has a few
more chars from cp1252.
The <>| key (not available
on a physical US keyboard)
has 4 useful mappings: …€„™
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