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This is an old revision of KeyboardLayouts made by Puppyite on 2009-10-21 15:48:33.


Setting up alternative keyboard layouts

NOTE: This is a different thing from using Scim. If you are using Scim, you most likely won't need it, but there are some exceptions, notably Arabic.

Some languages require a different keyboard layout to work properly. The default US layout has only a limited number of characters, which is adequate for English but not for languages which have diacritical marks (commonly known as accents). This covers most other languages using Latin characters.

You can just set up a different keyboard layout as your default, but what if you don't want to use the new layout all the time?

Fortunately, it's easy to set up two (or more) layouts so that you can switch quickly and easily between the two.

SORRY, this method only works for Xorg.

The keyboard layouts are already in Puppy 2.17, 3.01 and 4.00. There's nothing you need to install.

* From the menu, choose Setup -> Mouse/keyboard Wizard

* Click on Advanced Xorg keyboard configuration

* Click on Layouts to add another keyboard layout.

*When you've added your new keyboard layout, click on the Options tab, near the top of the window.

You'll see a window like this:

There are four things we are going to change, and one of those is optional. They are marked in red.

Group Shift/Lock behaviour

This sets the key combination you use to switch keyboard layouts.

It's a rather confusing option. The name doesn't really tell you what it does. Also, when you actually click on this button, you see a large number of options - and many of them look rather similar.

In the screenshot I've select the one that I use. That lets me switch layouts at any time by pressing shift and alt. (Shift needs to be the first one pressed or nothing happens.)

I've chosen this combination because many of the other options are already used for another function. Control-shift is used a lot for keyboard shortcuts, for example. If you prefer something else, you have quite a few choices.

Third level choosers

When you press this key at the same time as another, you are able to enter a range of special characters. (If you have a US keyboard layout, it doesn't do anything.)

I've chosen "any of the win keys" because I don't use them for anything else. (It's good to know they are of some use on a Linux system. :) ) It's the one selected in the screenshot.

Keyboard LED to show alternative layout

This one is optional. If you set it, then when you have your alterative layout selected, the LED will light up. I've chosen to use the "scroll lock" LED because it has no other use on my system

Compose key position

You'll be offered a choice of four keys to use. I've chosen the menu key for this.

This also can be optional. The "compose" key gives you another way to type special characters, even with a standard keyboard. More details here:

Activate the new settings. Now you have two keyboard layouts set up and you can switch quickly between them.

See also: MultiLingualPuppy

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