Bug 56769 - Bad: dead keys at the us_intl are not working
Bad: dead keys at the us_intl are not working
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-11-27 07:19 EST by Ulisses Penna
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:38 EDT (History)
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Description Ulisses Penna 2001-11-27 07:19:27 EST
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Gecko/20011019 Netscape6/6.2

Description of problem:
Good: At the instalation, the area used to test the keybord works fine.
Even the dead keys work (a-tilde, c-cedilla, and so on)
Bad: After the installation, at the normal operation, the dead keys do not
work at all. I'm using the KDE interface. If I choose US-with_dead_keys,
the key "quotedbl" (shifted or not) prints a question mark. All other keys
work fine, but no dead keys!!!

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Enter KDE Control Center
2.Choose Peripherals -> keyboard
3.Choose the "U.S. English w/ deadkeys" at the "Primary Layout" option
4. Click Apply
5. Hit the "apostrophe" or the "quotedbl" key and you will see a question
mark for both
6. Try the "tilde" key and you will see it's not "deadtilde" and so on

Actual Results:  The keys are not "dead". They appear as they are hit

Expected Results:  Latin characters (a-tilde, c-cedilla, a-grave, and so on)

Additional info:
Comment 1 Alexandre Oliva 2001-11-28 15:21:40 EST
What I've been using to get dead keys on a us keyboard is a us_intl-based
configuration, that required a small patch to XFree86.  I run:

setxkbmap us -symbols 'us(pc104compose)+us_intl(basic)+group(ctrl_shift_toggle)'

and then, Left-Control+Right-Shift or Right-Control+Left-Shift can be used to
switch between enabled or disabled dead keys.  Note that this is mostly us_intl,
not plain us.

The patch I installed in my box was already submitted to the maintainers of
XFree86. It was necessary for the dead-keys-disabled configuration to make it
possible for one to enter `6' (the existing cfg gets an `^' for the 6 key
regardless of shift:

--- /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb/symbols/us_intl~	Thu Sep  6 01:25:07 2001
+++ /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb/symbols/us_intl	Thu Nov 15 17:22:26 2001
@@ -13,8 +13,8 @@
     // Alphanumeric section
     key <TLDE> {	[ dead_grave,	dead_tilde	],
		[      grave,	asciitilde	]	};
-    key <AE06> {	[	  6,	dead_circumflex	],
		[ asciicircum,
+    key <AE06> {	[	   6,	dead_circumflex	],
		[          6,	asciicircum	]	};
     key <AC11> {	[ dead_acute,	dead_diaeresis	],
		[ apostrophe,
Comment 2 Ulisses Penna 2001-11-28 17:05:26 EST
GOD: OK! I applied the patch and I can toggle between the us and us_intl.
BAD: The dead_keys still are not "dead". Even /usr/X11R6/bin/xev tell me they
are dead_tilde, dead_grave and so on, I still can't get the latin characters
a-tilde, a-grave and so on at the screen. I'm using an Acer TravelMate 610TXVi
notebook for your information. I also tried some LC* variables but I'm not sure
which ones to use (I'm in Brazil) and which value they should have set.
Comment 3 Mike A. Harris 2002-05-30 04:13:47 EDT
I believe this to be fixed in 4.2.0-50.11 in rawhide.  Please test, and
report back if it works correctly.
Comment 4 Mike A. Harris 2003-05-21 08:59:13 EDT
Bug has been in MODIFIED state for almost a year awaiting testing feedback.
I'm assuming that no feedback, is good feedback, and that the problem was
indeed fixed.  ;o)

Closing as CURRENTRELEASE of Red Hat Linux 9

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