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Compose(5)                     File Formats Manual                    Compose(5)

       Compose - X client mappings for multi-key input sequences

       The  X  library,  libX11,  provides  a simple input method for characters
       beyond those represented on typical  keyboards  using  sequences  of  key
       strokes that are combined to enter a single character.

       The compose file is searched for in  the following order:

       -      If  the  environment  variable  $XCOMPOSEFILE is set, its value is
              used as the name of the Compose file.

       -      If the user's home directory has a file  named  .XCompose,  it  is
              used as the Compose file.

       -      The  system provided compose file is used by mapping the locale to
              a compose file from the list in /usr/share/X11/locale/compose.dir.

       Compose files can  use  an  "include"  instruction.   This  allows  local
       modifications  to be made to existing compose files without including all
       of the content directly.  For example,  the  system's  iso8859-1  compose
       file can be included with a line like this:
           include "%S/iso8859-1/Compose"

       There  are several substitutions that can be made in the file name of the
       include instruction:

       %H  expands to the user's home directory (the $HOME environment variable)

       %L  expands to the name  of  the  locale  specific  Compose  file  (i.e.,

       %S  expands  to the name of the system directory for Compose files (i.e.,

       For example, you can include in your compose  file  the  default  Compose
       file by using:
              include "%L"
       and then rewrite only the few rules that you need to change.  New compose
       rules can be added, and previous ones replaced.

       Compose files are plain text files, with a separate line for each compose
       sequence.    Comments  begin  with  # characters.   Each compose sequence
       specifies one or more events and a  resulting  input  sequence,  with  an
       optional comment at the end of the line:
              EVENT [EVENT...] : RESULT [# COMMENT]

       Each  event  consists  of a specified input keysym, and optional modifier
              [MODIFIER_LIST] <keysym>

       Each modifier consists of a specified modifier and a state:
              (! MODIFIER ) | None
       Modifiers may be preceded  by  a  "~"  character  to  indicate  that  the
       modifier must not be present.

       The  result  specifies  a  string,  keysym,  or  both,  that the X client
       receives as input when the sequence of events is input:
              "STRING" | keysym | "STRING" keysym

       Keysyms are specified without the XK_ prefix.

       Strings may be direct text encoded in the locale for  which  the  compose
       file  is  to  be used, or an escaped octal or hexadecimal character code.
       Octal codes are specified as "\123" and hexadecimal codes  as  "\0x123a".
       It  is  not  necessary  to  specify  in the right part of a rule a locale
       encoded string in addition to the keysym name.  If the string is omitted,
       Xlib  figures  it  out  from  the keysym according to the current locale.
       I.e., if a rule looks like:
              <dead_grave> <A> : "\300" Agrave
       the result of the composition is always the letter with the "\300"  code.
       But if the rule is:
              <dead_grave> <A> : Agrave
       the result depends on how Agrave is mapped in the current locale.

              File to use for compose sequences.

              Directory to use for caching compiled compose files.

              User default compose file if XCOMPOSEFILE is not set.

              File listing the compose file path to use for each locale.

              System   default   compose   file   for  the  locale,  mapped  via

              System-wide cache directory for compiled compose files.

              Per-user cache directory for compiled compose files.

       XLookupString(3),         XmbLookupString(3),         XwcLookupString(3),
       Xutf8LookupString(3), mkcomposecache(1), locale(7).
       Xlib - C Language X Interface

X Version 11                      libX11 1.6.2                        Compose(5)

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