Re: Keyboard problems - no "dead keys" - in Linux version of Mathematica
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- Subject: [mg60085] Re: Keyboard problems - no "dead keys" - in Linux version of Mathematica
- From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
- Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 06:43:17 -0400 (EDT)
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>> 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
> 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,
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."
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"
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