Keymaps for Dvorak with dead keys, accents, special symbols
I type with Dvorak, but I don't like the standard Dvorak layout that comes
with the Fedora Core Linux distribution. Sometimes I write emails in
languages that have special or accented characters, but the standard Dvorak
layouts don' t provide those. Moreover, I don't want that freakin' Caps Lock
on the key that should be Control! These are keymap files for the i386
versions of Linux. They may not work on different platforms.
To install these keymaps, use
- for the console, with caps/ctrl swapped. To make this a system-wide
default under Fedora Core 1, 2, 3, put the file in
/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/dvorak/ and edit
- for X. Features:
Caps Lock moved to the Windows Menu key; both the original Ctrl and
Caps Lock keys are now Control.
The Windows keys (w) work as compose keys:
I think almost everything in the iso-8859-1 character set is accessible, and
a couple of dead keys that aren't commonly used. See the xmm file to learn
- Scandinavian letters: w-a: å, w-e: æ, w-o: ø, w-t: þ, w-d: ð
- Other special characters: w-s: ß, w-9: «, w-0: », w-/: ¿, w-u: €
- Dead keys for accents: w-`, w-~, w-^, w-", w-'
- restores the
keyboard to US-Qwerty (with special characters as above) if someone else
needs to use your computer. :-)
.map files and
xmodmap for the
To automatically load a keymap under X under Fedora Core 2 and 3, I have
a .Xclients file in my home directory (permissions
0755) that loads the xmodmap a couple of times. The Gnome session manager
loads a system-wide keymap and I don't know how to prevent it from doing
that. It used to be possible to put a .xmodmap file in your home directory,
but starting in Fedora Core 2, that doesn't work anymore. :-( (It seems that
it works again in the Gnome version distributed with Fedora Core 4, though).