[Bf-committers] Windows dead key accented characters

Harley Acheson harley.acheson at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 19:12:38 CET 2013


Bug #33678<http://projects.blender.org/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=33678&group_id=9&atid=498>seems
fairly important. Windows users with "international" keyboard layouts
can't enter some common characters, like quote and double-quote, into the
text editor.
Needless to say this would make it pretty hard to work with python files.

These keyboard layouts have "dead keys" that you press to alter the key
that follows. For
example the "US (International)" keyboard layout allows you to press the
double-quote key
and then "e" to get an "e" with a umlaut, or the "^" then "e" to get an "e"
with a circumflex.
The only downside is that you (usually) have to press that dead key twice
to get the actual
key (the double-quote or caret in these examples).  Our current text
processing does not
support the entry of accented characters when these types of keyboard
layouts are selected.
In fact in those cases the dead character is swallowed up, so you can't
enter a double-quote
character at all.

The fix is simple and straight-forward, but has been on the patch tracker
for a while now...

Cheers, Harley

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