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Re: Keyboard problems - no "dead keys" - in Linux version of Mathematica
albert wrote: > Hi, > > >> I can't use accent characters like 'Ã ', 'Ã¡', 'Ã©'. Normally I insert them >> using 'Â´' and 'a' (the Â´ can be seen as a "dead key"). But in Mathematica >> when I type this sequence I get only "Â´a". In other programs (Firefox, >> OpenOffice, etc...) the keyboard works right, therefore it is not a X >> server configuration problem. > > > My guess is that mathematica does this on purpose, it seems reasonable if > you bear in mind that it is an editor for a programming language and you > will use the ' and ` characters standing for themselves a lot more than for > producing 'Ã ', 'Ã¡', 'Ã©' . Whether it is good habit for an application to > override these kind of user configurations is another question... > > >> Any hints? > > > anyway, there are 'shortcuts' for all the characters (and many more) that > are enclosed by Escape-Characters. Try the following key-sequences in the > FrontEnd: > > Escape a ` Escape > Escape a ' Escape > Escape e ^ Escape > Escape o " Escape > Escape g Escape > Esacpe d s R Escape > Escape b u Escape > Escape < - Escape > .... > > this is not perfectly convenient when writing long texts in e.g. french or > german, but one can get used to it. _And_ it makes available special > characters of a wide wide range. I think there is a listing of these > shortcuts somewhere in the Help-Browser, but it is usually more convenient > to open the palette 'Complete Characters'. If you put the mouse-pointer > above any of the characters you will see the corresponding > keyboard-shortcut in the status-bar. > > hope that helps, > > Albert > Hi Albert, I think that what you have in mind, a comprehensive listing of extended Latin characters, can be found in section 3.10.3 under the subsection "Extended Latin Letters." http://documents.wolfram.com/mathematica/book/section-3.10.3 The Mathematica Book, 5th Edition (Printed Version), on pages 998-999 The Mathematica Book (Online Help) "Advanced Mathematics in Mathematica" -> "Mathematical and Other Notations" -> "Letters and Letter-like Forms" Best regards, /J.M.