French, french - Introduction to French language support
This reference page describes the coded character set (codeset), locale,
device, and other support for the French language.
The operating system supports the following codesets for French by means of locales, codeset converters, or both: ISO 8859-1 (ISO Latin 1)
reference pages for introductory
information on codesets. The
reference page discusses codeset
converters and how to use them.
The operating system provides the following French locales for different countries: fr_BE.ISO8859-1 and fr_BE.UTF-8 for Belgium fr_CA.ISO8859-1 for Canada fr_FR.ISO8859-1 and fr_FR.UTF-8 for France
Of these locales, only the .UTF-8 locales support the Euro currency sign.
You can use the locale command (see locale(1)) to find out if these locales are installed on your system. See i18n_intro(5) for information on setting locale from the operating system command line.
For the Common Desktop Environment (CDE), you set locale by setting
the session language. To do this, use the Language menu accessed from the
Options button on the Login window.
The operating system supports the following VT style and PC style keyboards with French characters printed on the keys:
|VT Style (105/108 keys)||PC Style (102 keys)|
For your keyboard to function correctly with your system, you must load a keyboard mapping table (keymap) that is appropriate for your keyboard's model and language. If you load a keymap that does not correspond to your keyboard's model and language, your keyboard behavior is unpredictable. The label located on the bottom surface of a keyboard usually specifies its model (five letter code) and language (two letter code). See the keyboard(5) reference page for general information on keymaps and instructions for loading them in different formats. The following tables supply French-specific information that you need when loading keymaps.
Selecting keymaps in xkb format:
|For VT Style||For PC Style|
|LK201-LP||lk201||LK442-PP||lk442 or lk44x|
|LK401-AP||lk401||LK444-AP||lk444 or lk44x|
|LK411-AP||lk411||LK471-AP||lk471ap or lk471|
|LK450-AP||lk450||LK47W-AP||lk471ap or lk471|
|LK451-AP||lk450||LK97W-AP||lk97wap or lk97w|
Selecting keymaps in xmodmap format:
|For VT Style||For PC Style|
|LK201-LP||belgian french lk201lp dp||LK442-PP||french lk444kp|
|belgian french lk201lp tw||LK444-AP||french lk444kp|
|LK401-AP||belgian french lk401ap dp||LK471-AP||french pcxalgp|
|belgian french lk401ap tw||LK47W-AP||french pcxalgp|
|LK411-AP||french lk411ap||PCXAL-AP||french pcxalgp|
|LK450-AP||french lk411ap||PCXAL-FP||french pcxalgp|
|LK451-AP||french lk411ap||PCXAL-GP||french pcxalgp|
|LK461-AP||french lk411ap||PCXAL-KP||french pcxalgp|
Keyboards can have keys with characters printed on both the left and
right half of the keycap. The way you set or use your keyboard to send different
sets of characters varies from one keyboard model to another. Furthermore,
your keyboard allows you to enter more characters than those printed on the
keycaps. Refer to the
reference page for information
on how to enter characters.
PostScript fonts for languages supported by the ISO 8859-1 codeset are
Others: code_page(5), i18n_intro(5), i18n_printing(5), iconv_intro(5), iso8859-1(5), keyboard(5), l10n_intro(5), Unicode(5)
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