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10.6: Type accented characters without the Option key
Authored by: lsequeir on Mar 08, '10 04:24:03AM

I am Portuguese, and I have used several combinations of keyboards/layouts, and I don't see the point of this hint. My current MBP has a keyboard with the Portuguese layout, but...

In Mac OS X, you can choose any keyboard layout you want to use, regardless of the physical keyboard.

With the Portuguese, Spanish, or French layouts, you CAN input accented characters by pressing the accent and then the vowel.

Like , , , , , , , , , whatever. I have just typed these using the Portuguese layout, by doing, er, what is impossible to do?!

Mind you, I actually prefer the US layout, and I use it most of the time, although obviously some keys input different characters from what is inscribed on them. Changing from one layout to another is just a quick selection from the menu bar. When using the US layout, then I use the alt-e, etc., combinations (actually, these go as far back as System 7, or earlier...)


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10.6: Type accented characters without the Option key
Authored by: pietervw on Mar 09, '10 08:22:35AM

I guess it all comes down to where you bought your MBP then. I am Dutch and have a Dutch physical keyboard, but I was really struggling with this for a while before I figured out how to enter them the fast way. I use Dutch, English and Spanish on a regular basis and I can assure you (just tried again) that on my keyboard, with the Dutch keyboard layout there is no single button I can press to get a little yellow character indicating that the next character I'll type will be accented.

You're right though about the Spanish/Portuguese layout: if I press [ in the Spanish layout I can immediately afterwards press that letter. However then I get an on a key that says ; and :, and most symbols are in different places.. So as I said in the hint itself, for me the US layout is brilliant but you have to see for yourself if it fits your needs.

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