Cannot use Deadkeys under KDE4 applications

Gerrit z0idberg at
Tue Apr 21 19:57:25 BST 2009

Hello Anne,

I now found the bug. I’m using Kubuntu 9.04 with KDE 4.2. 

The problem was scim, which I use for typing Japanese and Chinese. It somehow 
conflicted with the dead key mechanism, but if I deactivate it, it works fine!


Am Montag, 20. April 2009 schrieb Anne Wilson:
> On Saturday 18 April 2009 09:59:36 Gerrit wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I’m using the German keyboard layout “Dead Grave acute‌‌”. Sadly, I
> > cannot type any Deadkeys in any KDE4 application. If I want to type â, I
> > just get ^a. If I want to use a compose key, this doesn’t work either.
> >
> > If I type in Firefox or a KDE 3.5 application, this works fine.
> >
> > Weirdly, I also made my own keyboard layout, but I cannot access it via
> > the keyboard selection tools from KDE. I manually have to select it via
> > “setxkbmap -layout de -variant erweitert” from the console.
> >
> > Does anyone know how to fix it? Using dead keys is pretty important for
> > typing languages such as French or even German.
> I've no personal experience, but I'm told that dead keys work fine in most
> apps.  Some questions -
> Which distro/version are you using?
> Which KDE version
> Do dead keys work in kwrite?
> Are you aware of any changes in your distro's handling of xorg?  Some
> recent changes have caused known issues.
> Apart from this, I'd recommend that you ask on, channel
> #kde, or on, where some more knowledgeable folk hang out.
> Anne

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