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I am unable to properly use dead key characters ( ' " ^ ) on (k)ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04 in arduino (a processing based application, at least version 0022 and 1.0).

Can I disable dead keys for specific application or application window, or does anybody know another work around?

'Dead keys' is the mechanism used to enter charactes like á ë ' ^, by first striking the accent-like key, then followed by a second key. The result is a combined character.

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I finally managed to figure out a work around. In KDE the keyboard configuration can be set in:

  • System Settings
  • Keyboard Settings
  • Layout
  • Select 'Show indicator'
  • Select 'Per window'
  • Add
  • Select a variant without 'dead keys', eg. "English (US, with Euro on 5)"

After applying these settings, I select the window for input focus and I click the indicator in the system tray when I want to switch the keyboard configuration. The keyboard setting needs only be set once per window and is rememberd over program restarts.

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