[GTALUG] Request for a talk (or a doc)

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Sat Sep 2 04:07:18 EDT 2017

Hello all,

This is the opposite of an offer to present something. Rather, I am hoping
there is enough interest such that one of GTALUG' s more learned souls
might be able to present.

Specifically, keyboards. I have never quite mastered how to get random
Unicode characters from a keyboard on a Linux desktop. I've allways been
able to switch keyboards, and I can do French (and some other) accents
using dead keys. But I've never been able to duplicate the Windows trick of
(for instance) ALT-0128 to get the Euro symbol.

Most keyboards these days, in addition to Control keys, have a pair each
Windows and Alt keys. On my KDE desktop the Windows key brings up the
applications menu - fine. But if I look at
/usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose I see references to a <Multi_key>
that would allow me to combine keystrokes to make ligatures (such as
combining "R" and "=" to make the Rupee symbol. I don' t see a key marked
"multi key"  and I haven't found the ability to do these combined

In the KDE keyboard settings there is mention of mapping a <Meta> key to
one of the low-row keyboard keys ... but isn't that an EMACS thing? And
what is a <Hyper> key?

If the answer is RTFM, I happily withdraw the request so long as someone
can suggest an FM to R.

My efforts to find decent docs on any of this have not gone well. So either
a pointer to a good tutorial-level explanation of all this, or a brief
mini-presentation at the next GTALUG meeting by someone who knows this
stuff, would be highly appreciated.


Evan Leibovitch
Toronto, Canada

Em: evan at telly dot org
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