[squeak-dev] Re: [Etoys] Accented character input

Walter Bender walter at laptop.org
Thu Mar 20 13:45:54 UTC 2008

The OLPC Spanish keyboard layout uses dead_keys. The US International
keyboard uses Unicode combining characters. I am serious thinking of
switching to dead_keys for everywhere I can, as I think it makes it
easier for everyone. But I am now troubled by Yoshiki's report.


On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 6:10 AM, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de> wrote:
> On Mar 20, 2008, at 6:26 , Yoshiki Ohshima wrote:
>  >  Hello,
>  >
>  >  We finally get around to attack the accented character input problem
>  > (mainly thanks to Hiroshima-san).  At least on OLPC, the "dead-key"
>  > style accented character input seems to work fine with the new VM.
>  >
>  >  However, when I switched my Gnome setting on Fedora laptop (it has
>  > keyboard in Japanese layout) to use Spanish layout keyboard, and
>  > switch the language to Spanish, my keyboard went into a strange state
>  > and I needed to do some random key combinations to get to a stuation
>  > where the new VM works fine.
>  >
>  >  I do have a feeling that on a properly configured spanish Linux
>  > install with the real spanish keyboard and everything, this you should
>  > be able to type accented characters (and ' and `, etc.) in the way you
>  > like.  Please test it and let us know how it goes.  Right now, you
>  > have to compile the VM by yourself... as soon as we are more
>  > confident, Bert can make a RPM, and Ian will add this to the
>  > mainstream Squeak VM.  (Or, making RPM is almost free... Probably by
>  > the time I wake up tomorrow, Bert may have a precompiled VM^^;)
>  Hehe. Not until next week I guess. We need to switch the image rpm to
>  3.0, too, because of the new DBus plugin. For that we need to rebuild
>  the guides etc. And uploading that takes ages when I'm out of office
>  (I'm almost off to a long Easter weekend).
>  - Bert -
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Walter Bender
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