Ticket #9126 (assigned enhancement)
US English keyboard generates "wrong" accent character
|Reported by:||wad||Owned by:||sayamindu|
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A Spanish speaking country is looking to use US English keyboards for some of their laptops, and want the experience to be similar to the Spanish keyboard. In particular, the key sequence which invokes an accented vowel is different between the two keyboards: With an international keyboard: vocal + alt gr/4 With a spanish keyboard: accent + vocal
(Quoting Sayamindu:) It looks like the accent in the US English keyboard is a combining acute accent (U+0301), while the one on the Spanish layout is a dead acute, which means if you press the accent character and then, say, e, you will get U+00E8 (ie, a character with a distinct Unicode codepoint). Accent + e on the US English will, on the other hand generate U+0065 LATIN SMALL LETTER E U+0300 COMBINING GRAVE ACCENT
The manufacturing data on these laptops will have the LO field changed to a value of es_MX.UTF-8, which is used on other Spanish laptops.
The packages that need to change are: a) xkeyboard-config b) olpc-utils (to do special casing for machines with US(Intl) keyboard but es_MX.UTF-8 locale)