Compose key (was: Re: Debian seems to have forked cdrtools)

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Thu Sep 7 08:05:17 UTC 2006

Gene Heskett <gene.heskett <at>> writes:
> Now, if someone could tell me how to coax my US keyboard into properly 
> spelling your name with the ommlauts over the o, I'd love it, ditto for 
> the beta and copyright signs.  I could do that with my old amiga keyboard. 
> Hint hint...

Sounds like:
(But why does that affect the US layout? The us layout should have the right 
alt set to <RALT>, which has compose enabled. Are you using us_intl with the 
nodeadkeys option? Because I guess if you used us_intl with dead keys on, you 
wouldn't ask this question.)
The patch can be applied to the installed 
file /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/level3 (only modifiable by root, of course).

The alternative is the us_intl layout with dead keys on, which makes the quote 
work as a dead key, so "o gives you ö. (Press quote and space to get a quote.) 
You may find that annoying long term though.

        Kevin Kofler

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