Bug 75863 - Entry of accented characters not possible with compose sequence
Summary: Entry of accented characters not possible with compose sequence
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: openoffice.org
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Dan Williams
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2002-10-14 06:43 UTC by Rene van Paassen
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:47 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2004-09-16 18:56:39 UTC

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Description Rene van Paassen 2002-10-14 06:43:53 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:0.9.9) Gecko/20020513

Description of problem:
Various applications, such as openoffice, dia, emacs, do not accept entry of
accented characters via a compose sequence (compose key, character, accent). I
have found bash and gedit to be the only applications that correctly work

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Choose a compose key. Mine is keycode 117 = Multi_key, set with xmodmap
2. Graphical log in, tried US, British, Dutch, Spanish with all the same  result
3. Check compose key sequence in bash -> correct
4. Open [emacs|openoffice|dia] and try the same compose key again. 

Actual Results:  Nothing

Expected Results:  Accented character

Additional info:

ad 4: I did define a SAL_ALTGR_COMPOSE (IIRC the name of the beast) environment
Pasting a composed character made in bash results in two (different) characters
in the target application.

Comment 1 Rene van Paassen 2002-10-15 07:49:48 UTC
The bug only occurs when in a UTF-8 locale. A workaround is explicitly giving 
the locale as a non-UTF-8 locale, by adding 

export LANG=en_US

to .bash_profile. For having the same locale in a terminal window, I had to add
the same to .bashrc ???

Comment 2 Thomas M Steenholdt 2002-10-20 19:32:24 UTC
I seem to be having the same kind of problem with danish chars - they just does
not get on the screen when pressed - that's f, x and e

(i'm on en_DK.UTF-8 locale)

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2002-10-21 06:38:49 UTC
[using an US-kbd, need to enter French & German accents in both en_US* and
fr_CH* locales]

With the proper X-config and selecting "us" (compose-key) or "us-international"
(dead keys) in the keyboard applet, it mostly works (not the case with the
default keyboard).

For OpenOffice and Mozilla, I had to add LANG=${LANG%.UTF*} in the wrappers
(assumes minimal ksh-syntax support in /bin/sh and no use of LC_* env vars)

Comment 4 Dan Williams 2004-03-17 20:15:23 UTC
*** Bug 82895 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 5 Dan Williams 2004-09-16 18:56:39 UTC
I'm not able to reproduce with the latest OOo in rawhide.  Please try
that one and reopen if necessary.

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