Dvorak international keyboard layout for xkb
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Dvorak international keyboard layout for xkb


This is a Dvorak international keyboard layout for use with PC keyboards and the xkb keyboard mapper for the X Window System (or more specifically, the X.Org Server).

The layout features dead keys to make accents, plus various useful symbols, including the euro sign. It is suitable for writing in English, German, French, Icelandic, Hungarian, and possibly other languages. It also contains most of the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols used to write these languages.


Append the contents of the file dvorak_intl.txt to your X11 installation's us symbol file. This is normally located at /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us. For example:

# sudo cat dvorak_intl.txt >>/usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us

Recent versions of the X.Org Server already provide a keyboard mapping named dvorak-intl which may clash with this one. If you have such a server installed, make sure to first remove or rename the existing dvorak-intl section from us.


From a terminal emulator:

$ setxkbmap us dvorak-intl

Alternatively, if you are using a desktop environment such as KDE or GNOME, you can select the dvorak-intl layout using the keyboard settings of the control panel.


This project is in the public domain. Anyone may distribute and/or modify it without restriction. Those who improve this layout are encouraged to send their contributions to the original author.