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What is a dead key?

Postby Eudaimonia » Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:53 pm

Hello. In using windows Greek Polytonic to acuire diacritical marks one is instructed to press the 'dead' key. What is a dead key? Thank You........eudaimonia
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Re: What is a dead key?

Postby modus.irrealis » Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:48 pm

Hi,

I believe "dead key" refers to those keys that you press first to change what happens when you press the next key ... what I mean is for example to get ᾶ you first press '[' and then 'a', where '[' is the dead key that puts a circumflex accent on the following letter (if possible). With the Greek Polytonic keyboard, though, there are a lot of dead keys, because of how many different combinations of accents, breathings, and so on are possible.
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Postby Interaxus » Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:16 pm

When in doubt, ask Google :) :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_key

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