An even stranger way of entering accented characters is the C-x 8 keymap. Use
‘C-x 8 C-h’ to list the characters you can enter this way. This for the convenience of those people that rarely need accents, eg. people on a German keyboard can easily type all French accented characters except for `ç’ (unless they know that for some configurations of X you can produce it using `AltGr+' c’. These people can use `C-x 8 , c’ instead.
According to the EmacsManual:
‘C-x 8’as a “compose character” prefix for entry of non-ASCII Latin-1 printing characters.
‘C-x 8’is good for insertion (in the minibuffer as well as other buffers), for searching, and in any other context where a key sequence is allowed.
‘C-x 8’works by loading the
‘iso-transl’library. Once that library is loaded, the <ALT> modifier key, if the keyboard has one, serves the same purpose as
‘C-x 8’: use <ALT> together with an accent character to modify the following letter. In addition, if the keyboard has keys for the Latin-1 “dead accent characters,” they too are defined to compose with the following character, once
‘C-x 8 C-h’to list all the available
For better language support use InputMethods.