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I want to add some personal definitions to my ~/.XCompose file, but I don't want them to conflict with any official definitions (especially those that appear in the future and aren't defined yet).

Is there a special leading string (or other method) of providing a reserved namespace for private use?

I see that in /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose, the following characters never appear immediately after a "Multi_key":

@   }   $   &

so they would be potential candidates.

And perhaps more convenient, would be to simply repeat the compose button:

<Multi_key> <Multi_key> …

But before I invent my own standard for a local namespace, I'd like to know for sure that there isn't already one.

  • Good question. I would be surprised if they (whoever get the compose mappings into trunk) have thought so far ahead as to have reserved namespaces for private use. – Guildenstern Oct 29 '19 at 1:32

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