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on windows one could with Alt+235 print ë into (any) textfield. I tried the same on linux and it seems to be not working. Depending on the application the result is different, but never the wanted one.

Is there a similiar combination on linux available?

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google about compose key, for example <kbd>Compose</kbd> + <kbd>"</kbd> + <kbd>e</kbd> gives ë. –  Eddy_Em Apr 25 '13 at 7:38
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To activate the compose key I had to activate it:

1 System Settings > Keyboard
2 On Tab Typing > Layout Settings
3 On Tab Layouts > Options > Compose key

A useful list of compose key combinations can be found here.

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Your way isn't common. Common way is to setup compose key in xorg.conf or do it by setxkbmap, for example: setxkbmap -option ',compose:rwin'. –  Eddy_Em Apr 25 '13 at 8:55
    
Does setting it through my way have any impact? Like not working across all applications, or something like this? –  philnate Apr 25 '13 at 9:04
    
No, but your way is very distro-dependent. –  Eddy_Em Apr 25 '13 at 10:00
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Crtl+Shift+U and then input Unicode hex value. Accept with Enter. 235 decimal is 0xeb so: Crtl+Shift+U and then input eb and Enter.

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Works as well. But this isn't as convenient as the other method (brain and hand). Its cumbersome to press the key combination, convert my decimal into a hex and then type it with the other hand. –  philnate Apr 26 '13 at 7:00
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