US QWERTY+ keyboard layout

Dead Key Table Guide

This user guide covers the main dead keys in the layout: what they are, how to type them, and what composite characters do they generate.

A dead key is a special kind of character that acts like a modifier key. When you press a dead key character, it does not generate a (complete) version of itself — nothing appears until you press a another key. If a keyboard layout has (`) as a grave accent dead key, the French character à can be generated by first pressing ` and then a.

A complete table of all the characters available to be typed on the keyboard layout is unavailable on this website at the moment; but there are diagrams of all the dead key tables in the download folder. I hope the diagrams are easy to understand and self-explanatory.

Dead key table.PNG

The grave accent ( ` ) dead key table with IDDKAS 3.0 implemented.

grave accent

`

To type the grave accent (U+0060)

press ` at the top right corner (⌨Type A)

press AltGr+` at the top right corner (⌨Type B)

To type “à

press ` → then→ a

To type “À

press ` → then→ Shift+a

In the diagram above, the two à À in the one of the small boxes (where the A key is) indicate the four levels you can type in after pressing the grave accent dead key ( ` ).

1st level: ` + a = à

2nd level: ` + Shift+a = À

3rd level: ` + AltGr+a = à

4th level: ` + AltGr+Shift+a = À

(In keyboard layouts other than the US QWERTY+ the 3rd and 4th levels within a dead key table do not exist. I added these levels as part of the Intelligent Diacritics and Dead Keys Autocorrection System 2.0)

If you press ` →then→ r

a single ` is generated.

(This is IDDKAS 3.0. Other characters that do not have the grave accent are simply replaced by the grave accent dead key.)

To type the grave accent (U+0060) as a non-dead key (⌨Type A)

• press ` and ` again (double-tap ` )

• press ` →then→ space

• AltGr+` (3rd level)

To type the grave accent (U+0060) as a non-dead key (⌨Type B)

• press `  (1st level)

• press AltGr+` →then→ space

• AltGr+` →then→ AltGr+`

To type the combining grave accent (U+0300)

(Note: It is only recommended to use combining diacritic marks for specialised uses)

• press Shift+AltGr+`

• press `→then→non-breaking space/narrow non-breaking space

To type non-breaking space;

• press extra ISO key (this key is only available on most European keyboards)

• AltGr+b

To type narrow non-breaking space;

• Shift + extra ISO key (this key is only available on most European keyboards)

• AltGr+3# → then → f (this method cannot work if you’re trying to type a combining diacritic)

acute accent

́

To type the acute accent (U+00b4)

• press AltGr + ,(comma)

To type the acute accent as a non-dead key (U+00b4)

• press ´ → then → comma

• press ´ → then → space

To type the combining acute accent (U+0301)

• press ´ → then → ´ again (while holding down AltGr)

• press ´ → then → non-breaking space/narrow non-breaking space

Note: The most common letters with the acute accent ´ can be typed with the AltGr and AltGr+Shift keys. No need to use combining acute accent.

umlaut / diaeresis / tréma

¨

To type the diaeresis (U+00a8)

• AltGr + ;

To type the diaeresis as a non-dead key (U+00a8)

• press AltGr+; → then → space

• press AltGr+: → then → space

To type the combining diaeresis (U+0308)
• AltGr+; → then → non-breaking space/narrow non-breaking space

Note: a capital “T” with an umlaut doesn’t exist.

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