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#1 2019-02-11 14:16:01

schwim
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Question for those that use more than one language on a computer

Hi there everyone!

I am trying to learn a second language and I use my phone to do that but I'd like to use my computer as well if possible.  The second language would rarely be used so I'm not looking for a setting that takes a bit of time with the goal of long term change.  Is there a way I could use a keyboard shortcut to change languages back and forth?

Secondly, Is there any convenient way to know what the keys are on the keyboard when switched to the second langue?  Some kind of screen map perhaps or something else that would keep me from having to memorize the key placement right away?

Thanks for your time!


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#2 2019-02-11 14:42:12

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Re: Question for those that use more than one language on a computer

maybe xxkb would do the trick...

https://packages.debian.org/stretch/xxkb

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#3 2019-02-11 19:33:11

Sector11
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Re: Question for those that use more than one language on a computer

Keyboard layouts


Welcome to the Debian portal for keyboard information

I made my own by testing every keyboard combination I could think about for a Spanish Latin America Keboard.

SEE: /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.lst
  microsoftpro
  latam

1 - normal letters
2 - [Alt Gr] + lower case letter
3 - [Alt Gr] + [Cap Locks on] + letter
4 - [Alt Gr] + ^ + letter
5 - [Alt Gr] + [Shift] + letter

                               NOT # Pad
1  2 3 4 5     1  2 3 4 5     1  2 3 4 5
=  =======     =  =======     =  =======
a  æ Æ â Æ     ñ  ~ ~         |  ¬
b  ” ”   ’     o  Ø Ø ô Ø     1  |   ¹ ¡
c  ¢ ¢ ĉ ©     p  Þ Þ   Þ     2  @   ² ⅛
d  ð Ð   Ð     q  @ @   Ω     3  ·   ³ £
e  € € ê ¢     r  ¶ ¶   ®     4  ~   ⁴ $
f  đ Đ   ª     s  ß ß ŝ §     5  ½   ⁵ ⅜
g  ŋ Ŋ ĝ Ŋ     t  Ŧ Ŧ   Ŧ     6  ¬   ⁶ ⅝
h  ħ Ħ ĥ Ħ     u  ↓ ↓ û ↑     7  {   ⁷ ⅞
i  → → î ı     v  “ “   ‘     8  [   ⁸ ™
j  j J ĵ J     w  Ł Ł ŵ Ł     9  ]   ⁹ ±
k  ĸ ĸ   &     x  » »   >     0  }   ⁰ °
l  Ł Ł   Ł     y  ← ← ŷ ¥     '  \   \ ¿
m        º     z  « « ẑ <     ¿  ¸
n  N N   N

[Alt Gr] +^ +^ = ^

Also - [Alt Gr] + tap ´ once (to right of ñ) then a key
     - See column 4 in Spanish Keyboard laypout
     - can be achived as seen below: Accents

Accents:

^ + letters: â ê î ô û ŷ - ĉ ĝ ĵ ŝ ŵ ẑ
` + letters: à è ì ò ù ỳ - ǹ ẁ
´ + letters: á é í ó ú ý - ć ǵ ḱ ḿ ń ṕ ŕ ś ẃ
¨ + letters: ä ë ï ö ü ÿ - ẅ ẗ ḧ ẍ

Then I took the time to make a wallpaper of it:
2017-07-31_224402_Scrot11.th.jpg


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#4 2019-02-12 03:11:56

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Re: Question for those that use more than one language on a computer

If you want to display messages, software interfaces etc. in some other language then you need to enable that locale:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

Then, if you logout (is a reboot necessary?) the dropdown menu at the top right of LightDM's login screen should show the available locales, and you can choose one for that login. Switch back next login if you want, but I'm pretty sure you can't change locales during a session.

Big apps like Firefox and Libreoffice will require you to install the language pack for the new locale too.


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#5 2019-02-12 08:46:14

brontosaurusrex
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Re: Question for those that use more than one language on a computer

Secondly, Is there any convenient way to know what the keys are on the keyboard when switched to the second langue?

There is 'onboard' in repos.

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