2009/3/3 Kees Bakker <kees.bakker@...>
> Deadkeys are horrible.
Well, I guess it depends on your background, the language you use and the
keyboard you have. I find them indispensable. A keyboard with deadkeys is
horrible if you don't usually write a language where accents and deadkeys
are common. Deadkeys are *the* standard way for some languages, it is what
touch typists have been taught to use. It was used on mechanical
typewriters, it is used on computers. Works well enough and it is the
method everyone knows. What is the standard for compose sequences?
Compose key is useful for writing characters outside your usual universe.
Like writing in Danish on a Spanish-layout keyboard, for instance, or
writing Spanish on a Dutch-layout keyboard. But for writing in Spanish on a
Spanish-layout keyboard, anything but deadkeys is against established use.
Like the Dvorak layout: potential wins, if any, are dwarfed by the cost of
By the way, my keyboard has separate keys for single quote and acute accent,
no problem there. Only ^ is an issue. But, except in programming, its use
is rare. On the other hand, simple ASCII quotes are rarely what you want
outside programming, because they look ugly and you want to differentiate
between opening and closing quotes. And there are lots of different quoting
styles too (think guillemets o lowered quotes, for instance). Some
platforms/programs will help you with input of some quoting styles. If you
are unlucky you might end up having to look up the symbols in character