Special Characters

Sjoerd Mullender sjoerd at acm.org
Wed Jun 15 17:10:48 UTC 2011

On 2011-06-15 17:21, Tim wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-06-15 at 20:01 +0700, Roelof 'Ben' Kusters wrote:
>> Ideally I would like to get the combination ctrl+'+e to make é, and  
>> ctrl+shift+;+i to make ï (or ctrl+:+i to make ï). Anyone any thoughts?
> One way that used to be done, was by setting up a "compose" key in the
> keyboard preferences.  Then, to make special characters, you'd type your
> compose key, then type the other characters that looked like the
> character that you wanted to create.  ("Type" as in type one key after
> another, not hold all the keys down at the same time.)
> e.g. compose a e would produce æ
>      compose a ` would produce à
>      compose a ' would produce á
>      compose a " would produce ä
> You could do most of the obvious characters that way, though a few
> always elude me.  Like how to type the degrees symbol.

compose o o

See http://www.hermit.org/Linux/ComposeKeys.html for a big list.

> I don't know if it's still done that way, I'm not using the latest
> release of Fedora.

Sjoerd Mullender

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