- 1 介绍
- 2 Plasma Workspace
- 3 Console Configuration
- 4 Configuration for GTK Applications (Gnome, Firefox, etc.)
- 5 Typing Macrons, Umlauts, Accents, ...
- 6 Troubleshooting
- 7 More Information
The compose key is used to enter characters on the keyboard that are usually not available on the key caps. Such letters could be an "umlaut", a "macron" or accents on letters:
Further information may be found in the Links and Further Information section below.
The modifications will work with (almost) all applications, including the desktop environment, browsers, LibreOffice, as well as many console/text only applications.
如下的教程会设定一个<compose>键，，同时映射到<right logo>键（多数键盘上这个logo 是Windows logo）。
- Start System Settings
- Select then
- Click the tab
- Click the box next to to enable changing keyboard options
- Click the icon next to Position of Compose key
- Click the box next to the desired key to enable it
To do this properly I'm trying to go the "holistic way" starting with the console:
- Reconfigure the console for the used keyboard, and the character encoding. Do this in a text terminal or the console.
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
- Follow these steps in the configuration:
- Choose your keyboard (here a default 104 US keyboard)
- If you want the !AltGr key replacement, choose one
- Choose which key you would like your compose key to be mapped to. I use the right logo key.
I'd much rather like to use the left logo key, but that's not available in the console setting. But in the graphical window environment (KDE Plasma) that is possible.
- Choose the console's encoding, set it to UTF-8
- Choose what character set should be available on the console. I use Combined - Latin; Slavic Cyrillic; Hebrew; basic Arabic
I guess that selection should give me the wanted characters.
- Choose what type of console output you'd like (do whatever you like, to be safe you can go with the given current defaults)
- A new initial RAM disk for the next boot will be created now.
Configuration for GTK Applications (Gnome, Firefox, etc.)
GTK (such as also Firefox) and Gnome applications use (on an Ubuntu system) usually SCIM as the input method, not XIM (X Input Method) that relies on the configurations from (X)Compose. Therefore, you will often find that the "a" and "o" macron characters can yield the female/male ordinals "ª" and "º". To still make it work, GTK applications need to be "told" to use XIM instead.
"One Off" Configuration
$ GTK_IM_MODULE=xim firefox
对于单个 shell 会话永久的设置可以这样：
$ export GTK_IM_MODULE=xim
- Copy the setup file /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default to /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/xim
$ sudo cp /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/xim
- Edit the file /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/xim and set the input method for GNOME and KDE to xim
... GTK_IM_MODULE=xim QT_IM_MODULE=xim ...
- Create a link for the locale all_ALL (or the desired locale only):
$ sudo ln -sf /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/xim /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/all_ALL
If you are using a Debian-derived distribution use following instead
$ sudo update-alternatives --verbose --install /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/all_ALL xinput-all_ALL /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/xim 20
- After a restart of the X server everything should work.
Optional Tweaking of XCompose Map
既然你当前用 XIM，你可以进一步调整 XCompose 输入映射便于输入更多字符，或是调整键位安排方便输入等等。
# ~/.XCompose # This file defines custom Compose sequences for Unicode characters
# Import default rules from the system Compose file: include "/usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose"
# To put some stuff onto compose key strokes: <Multi_key> <minus> <greater> : "→" U2192 # Compose - > <Multi_key> <colon> <parenright> : "☺" U263A # Compose : ) <Multi_key> <h> <n> <k> : "hugs and kisses" # Compose h n k <Multi_key> <less> < p> : "< p>" # Compose < p
- Just log out and in again (no restart necessary), and you can use your new "multi key short strokes" using the compose key to your desire. As you see this even works for creating longer character sequences.
Typing Macrons, Umlauts, Accents, ...
The compose key will be now whatever you have configured it to be, e. g. right logo.
compose + shift + hyphen then <vowel >
compose + underscore then <vowel >
compose + shift + <single quote> then <vowel >
compose + <double quotes> then <vowel >
- The German Ess-Zet ligature
compose then s and s (twice the "s")
- More bindings can be found in /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose
Compose key don't work in GTK applications
Delete in .xinputrc the line with the following content:
run_im ibus. Then reboot your computer or logout from your user X session.