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