[SATLUG] For those who have a need for typing special characters

herb cee hc at lookcee.com
Fri Jan 2 07:33:44 CST 2009

John D Choate wrote:
> This might be old news to some of you, but it was a good find for me. If this 
> has been covered in the list before, please forgive me.
> For those who may need to use characters such as: ñäëïöüáéíóúàèìòùâêîôû etc...
> I searched google for an easy way to use special characters in Linux without 
> having to open a Character Map tool and copy/paste the character.
> For years, I had always just used the KDE character map utility.
> I finally found a post where someone suggested running 'scim'. So I 
> installed 'scim' and 'scim-gtk'.
> After running scim, a configuration utility runs in the tray, and the special 
> characters are available with some very easy keystrokes.
> For example:
> The " key is assigned to umlaut, so for an umlaut character such as ö, you 
> would type " followed by o. If you want a capital, like Ö, you type the " 
> first, then O ( or keep SHIFT held down after typing the " )
> Similarily, you would use ' followed by o to get ó, ` followed by o to get ò, 
> ~ followed by n to get ñ, ^ followed by i to get î, etc.
> If you want to use the regular quotes, tilde, etc. then use space after the 
> character. So then " followed by spacebar results in simply "
> I still need the character map for more unusual ones like: 
> £¢µ∞©®☠☣☢☯☽☾☘☂★☤☭☹☺♫♻⚁⚓⚔⚛ßþᚠᚢᚦᚨᚱᚲ
> I'm not sure if the above characters will show up properly, but they look fine 
> to me.
Hey thanks John I saved your tip cause I have struggled in the past 
searching for one of these bad boys. I spaced your list apart and made 
it bigger and looks ok to me too.
ñ ä ë ï ö ü á é í ó ú à è ì ò ù â ê î ô û etc.
£ ¢ µ ∞ © ® ☠ ☣ ☢ ☯ ☽ ☾ ☘ ☂ ★ ☤ ☭ ☹ ☺ ♫ ♻ ⚁ ⚓ ⚔ ⚛ ß þ ᚠ ᚢ ᚦ ᚨ ᚱ ᚲ


More information about the SATLUG mailing list