I’ve got tired of not being able to easily type in Esperanto in Linux. There are some articles out there explaining it how and the are always convoluted and I’ve never seen one that gets to the point of typing “ŭ”, the always try very hard to get “ĝ”.
There’s an Esperanto layout in Ubuntu and I suppose other X Window Systems as well, but there are two things I don’t like about it. One is having to find out where the keys are, I could re-label them, but then I would only be able to type in Esperanto (which might be educational but not what I want, at least for now). I also don’t like the fact that it is Qwerty, not Dvorak. And even if it was Dvorak, one should make the statistics about Esperanto to make a proper Esperanto Dvorak-style keyboard.
Anyway, I wanted something for the casual Esperanto typist, like me, because compose or dead-keys don’t work good enough (Where’s the “˘” key to make the “ŭ” letter?). So my solution is to have the Esperanto supersigno-letters in the group two of the equivalent non-supersigno-letter. It is not a solution for daily Esperanto typing, as it’d be slower and just not right. But it is a good solution, I hope, for the casual Esperanto typist. I’ve submitted my solution to Ubuntu, it contains a patch that can be used in any Xorg installation. If you like it and would like to have integrated, why don’t you drop a comment, so that the know it’s not a lone crazy guy.
There are other Esperanto related bugs that may be needing some love.
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I’m Brazilian, and there is a Brazilian project for a Dvorak-like layout for Portuguese here: http://tecladobrasileiro.org/
This project used a study for letters in Portuguese, and applied it also for Esperanto. The letters with diacritics are accessible at only one touch.
I have now made some packages of this, so it’s very easy to have it installed and working on Ubuntu: http://pupeno.com/2008/07/16/typing-esperanto-ii/
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