I received a few minutes ago the ksh digest. Then I found the email
sent by Stephan Giesler dealing with dead keys.
I think I can help him a little about that issue.
In Linux you can choose what graphic interface to work with. I like KDE
and that is what I am using now. I will also try gnome later on.
Using KDE, to setup keyboard for different languages and using dead
keys, you can configure your keyboard preferences. Then, you go: the K
( or the red hat as in Red Hat 8.0), then Preferences, then Peripherals,
Then, mark on Enable keyboard Layouts.
Then select your languages. I have US for English and ES for Spanish.
After saving, quit and you should see a new icon at the right hand on
your task bar with the stars and stripes and "US" over them. If you
click on it, it will switch to spanish. Then you can use dead keys on
any application and write words like: teléfono, plátano. To generate
the accents use the key that is to the right hand of the Ñ.
It was working fine for me with Staroffice 5.2 on Red Hat 7.2 . After I
switched to RH8.0, it will not work any more with Staroffice 5.2. It
works fine with Openoffice. I have to check why.
I hope this will help you.
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> 1. features and so long (Stephan Giesler)
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> From: Stephan Giesler <giesler@...>
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> Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 15:58:30 -0300
> Subject: [Kshowmail-user] features and so long
> Hello Friends,
> after a week or so on a pure Linux system that's it for me again.
> Of this week I spent app. 3 whole days trying to figure out how to
> make the accents (dead keys) on my keyboard work. I surfed the net,
> wrote to almost every knowlegebable Linux user I know, posted in
> forums, searched my whole harddrive etc. pp. Not only that I didn't
> get one inch closer, I also hardly received any answer at all. It's
> just not a sexy problem. And I might not be a Linux guru but I'm not
> I'm a die hard Linux fan and M$ hater but that's enough for me.
> In 10 years of using Windows I haven't even gotten close to a problem
> that stupid. Of course I can reinstall the whole OS, X or KDE just to
> get a little speck over the letters that I want, but ... I've got a life,
> I've got a wife and kids and even clients.
> Linux on the Desktop? Maybe close but so far no match for Mr. Gates. And I'm
> not saying this because I went nuts over this specific problem, there are
> 100 similar problems (among others about 10x more apps crashes and slower
> performance than w2k).
> Sorry, I had to tell this to someone.
> As for KSM, I'll be back some day, in 3 weeks or so Gentoo 1.4 will be out and
> when I've got a little more time again my addiction will do the rest I'm
> About the features:
> - Actually I did notice sth. similar to what Thomas said about not being able
> to delete from various accounts. It looked as if the last selected mail from
> the last account was not being deleted.
> - The HTML preview worked mostly fine here, only a few mails were all black
> and I had to select the text in order to see it.
> - In the HTML preview pictures were not shown. I'm not sure whether this is
> because they would be loaded from the Internet or whether it's just not
> configured this way. Either way I'd prefer to see them. Pictures are one
> (maybe the most important) reason people are using HTML mail so they should
> be shown.
> - If somebody ever gets to implement the killfile I think a second criteria
> (apart from the sender's adress) might be interesting: age of the message. So
> one could configure it to delete mails older than 3 days or sth.
> And now it's pop in the bootable w2k CD, su, pw, reboot. sniff.
> So long,
> Stephan Giesler
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