[Newbies] Dead keys on Ubuntu

Fahr Jahrel jahrel at gmail.com
Sun Jul 22 05:47:46 UTC 2007

Hi, Michael--

Thanks for your response. Sorry for not being more specific.

I'm experiencing the same problem you describe: the characters display
fine, but inputing them via dead keys fails in the same way you
describe. I can copy and paste international text on any window, and
can use the right-alt key, but any dead key combination will just
display two separate characters.

As for the built-in renderers, I tried using the vanilla image without
any font enhancements, tried with with the Damien's squeak-dev image
without any font enhancements and with both adding FreeType Plus. Not
a single combination worked.

The man page for squeak implies dead keys should work fine, and the
changelogs also say that.

Anyway, I develop mostly using English, but since my application needs
to support a couple of other languages, it would be nice to be able to
input international characters directly in the image without having to
resort to copy and past.

Thanks again for the response. Any additional pointers are appreciated.


On 7/22/07, Michael van der Gulik <mikevdg at gulik.co.nz> wrote:
> I'm using Ubuntu 7.04, and I tried the international characters using
> 3.9-7067. I set my keyboard to be "US English International (with dead
> keys)" (änd ít séëms tø wórk). I learned something new today - I've
> never played with international characters in Linux before.
> It worked mostly okay. The dead keys didn't work, but I could use the
> right-alt key to type in some pretty cool characters. The characters
> displayed fine.
> Try using a different font (appearance -> system fonts). I'm no expert
> on this, but from what I know, Squeak can either use itś built-in font
> renderers or use the freetype library, and not all fonts have all
> characters in them.
> Otherwise could you be more specific about what is happening? Are you
> having trouble typing in the characters, or are they being displayed
> incorrectly? Can you cut and paste international characters into Squeak
> okay?
> Michael.
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