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I am using Carbon-Emacs on MacOS X 10.6 with the US-International keyboard layout. Usually, I can use Alt+s to print the letter "ß". However, Emacs interprets this as Meta+s and complains that there is no command bound to that shortcut. So my questions are:

  1. How can I create such a shortcut?
  2. Is there another way to print the character "ß"?
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Answer to 1.

Try adding this to your emacs configuration file (should be ~/.emacs.d/init.el or alike):

(define-key global-map [(meta s)] [?\u00DF])
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When entering the shortcut I get After 0 kbd macro iterations: Keyboard macro terminated by a command ringing the bell. – Björn Pollex Aug 1 '11 at 18:58
@Björn: I don't completely understand why, but it seems that a \ is needed at the end. – Stéphane Gimenez Aug 1 '11 at 19:47
Hm, still getting the same error. – Björn Pollex Aug 1 '11 at 20:15
@Björn: See my last try, if this one doesn't work, I'll give up :-) – Stéphane Gimenez Aug 1 '11 at 20:53
This one works, thanks! – Björn Pollex Aug 2 '11 at 9:21

Put the following in your .emacs ... I don't use a Mac, so I couldn't test that side of it. However this works for me.
The original define-key global-map presented by Björn Pollex did not work for me, but his latest version using (U+00DF) does work (for me), I can't tell from your comments (till now), if it works for you.. If it doesn't, try this one..

(defun insert-sharp-s ()
  "Insert Unicode Character 'LATIN SMALL LETTER SHARP S' (U+00DF)"
       (insert "ß")
(global-set-key "\M-s" 'insert-sharp-s)
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