[sclug] The Euro Sign

Tom Dawes-Gamble tmdg at tmdg.co.uk
Sun Nov 2 10:38:32 UTC 2003

Since I started working with Computers before the days of PCs and the
ISO-8859 thing I learnt on US Keyboards.  So thats what I use even
today.  (unfortunately my Laptop has a UK keyboard but I don't use the
UK setting so things are still in the right place. :-)

On Friday I decided that it was about time I found out how to get the ?
(Stirling) and ? (EuroSign) working from a US keyboard. 

With Windows it was quite straight forward.  <Alt>156 and <Alt>0218 give
me the Stirling and EuroSign.  

Now with Linux what a palava and I still don't have it working
properly.  Selecting an iso8859-15 character set gets you the symbols
though I had to switch it in several applications.
The one thing I can't do is get them from the Keyboard in the way I

# xmodmap -e "keysym 3 = 3 sterling"
# xmodmap -e "keysym 4 = 4 EuroSign"

Allows shift 3 and shift 4 to give the characters but of course I loose
'#' '$'

If I switch to a danish keyboard then <alt_right>e gives me a EuroSign. 
But the rest of the keyboard is toast.

So what I really want to do is something like.

# xmodmap -e "keysym 3 = 3 numbersign sterling"
# xmodmap -e "keysym 4 = 4 dollar EuroSign"

or maybe

# xmodmap -e "keysym l = l L sterling"
# xmodmap -e "keysym e = e E EuroSign"

With the intention that <alt> and the key gives me the required symbol.

But it seems to have no effect.

There seems to be some documentation on getting "ALT_Gr" working but
it's for previous versions XF86  I'm use version 4 from Red Hat 9.0  and
I'm not that familiar with X to know how all this hangs together.

Does anyone here know how to get this stuff to work?


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