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.XCompose

As explained in http://canonical.org/~kragen/setting-up-keyboard.html, your Compose key in X11 is controlled by (among other things) the file .XCompose in your home directory. This file gives you a large set of bindings for Unicode characters that are useful occasionally.

More contributions are welcome; there's a Git repository at http://github.org/kragen/xcompose. We're trying to come up with a broadly acceptable set of keybindings that won't interfere with the traditional Compose bindings, aren't too hard to type, and cover a wide set of characters that are useful to use occasionally, making them available without the need for specialized input methods.

After installing .XCompose you will need to restart any applications to see its effect for that application. Not all applications support XCompose, and it depends on which input method you are using.

Some "extensions" have been added to this repository, and installing them may take a few more commands. Use make to generate the extension files (for emoji, modifier letters, etc.) You can include them by using the include directive in your .XCompose file. So you might actually not want to use our install script, but rather create your own .XCompose (perhaps with your own personal entries) along these lines:

 include "/path/to/dotXCompose"
 include "/path/to/frakturcompose"
 include "/path/to/emoji.compose"
 include "/path/to/modletters.compose"
 include "/path/to/parens.compose"

 # I complain a lot, oy...
 <Multi_key> <O> <Y>	: "ѹ" U0479	# CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER UK
 # My very original smileyface!
 <Multi_key> <parenleft> <t> <u> <parenright> : "㋡" U32E1 # CIRCLED KATAKANA TU
 # ...