Do you find your ability to enter ß, ö, ä, ü, ø, etc. hampered? Well, I have stumbled on a few options that might help you out. Granted these work better with *nix based operating systems (Linux, Unix, Mac OS) than Windows but within these options you should be able to find, at least, one helpful approach/ tool.
If you are seeking a “Desktop-wide’ solution, you can easily map a “compose” key to accomplish this function across your laptop/desktop (not all keyboards actually have one). I ‘personally’ mapped Caps Lock to be my newly defined “compose” key and then from anywhere on my Linux PC I simply use it (no add-on or plugin required). Additional benefits include the fact that my annoying Caps Lock now no longer sends everything into ‘Caps-land’ when I accidentaly hit it!
Here are some examples of what you need to type to achieve ‘those exotic’ characters:
- For ë you press Compose+”, e.
- For ẽ you press Compose+~, e.
- For ô you press Compose+^, o.
- For á you press Compose+’, a.
- For à you press Compose+`, a.
- For € you press Compose+=, e.
- For ß you press Compose+ss.
- For £ you press Compose+-, l.
If you want to accomplish this feat of magic on your platform here are some detailed instructions/ guides:
If you would rather limit your options to a browser (not the entire Desktop), the following will work for two of the major browsers (there may be others out there for IE and Safari, as well). There add-ons/ plugins available called:
- “Tajpu” on Firefox/ Mozilla
- “Special Characters” on Chrome