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Re: Inputting characters with specialist diacritic marks in emacs


From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: Inputting characters with specialist diacritic marks in emacs
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:05:50 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

Nick Dokos <address@hidden> writes:

>> The solution is the compose key, which in the Linux
>> VTs (the ttys, or "the console") is setup like
>> I show soon. But, you probably don't use the ttys,
>> so I show this just to illustrate the principle.
>> In X, you can do the same, of course, just not the
>> same way.
>
> setxkbmap can be used for that:
>
>    setxkbmap -query
>
> shows me
>
> I do the ctrl:nocaps thing and the variants, but
> everything else is preset for me somehow. If you
> don't have a compose key, then I presume
>
>    setxkbmap -option compose:ralt
>
> will make Right-Alt be the compose key.

Good!

Probably some thought should be put into what the
compose key should be. I have it, according to
showkey(1), at keycode 125 which is between the
control key and the alt key on the left side of space
on my Sun keyboard.

I suppose the important thing is that you have the
compose key on one side, and the prefixes on the
other, so you can use the left hand to do one thing,
and the right hand to do the other!

> compose+a " -> ä
> compose+a ' -> á
> compose+a ` -> à
> [...]

Yes, as you see that all make sense! That's cool.
But it doesn't have to as, again, it'll enter the
muscle memory/finger habits soon enough. But why not
make it mnemonic as well when it is so easy to do?
It is not like mnemonic shortcuts DON'T enter the
muscle memory/finger habits just as well!

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