Italian, italian - Introduction to Italian language support
This reference page describes the codeset, locale, device, and other
kinds of support for the Italian language.
The operating system supports the following coded character sets (codesets) for Italian by means of locales, codeset converters, or both: ISO 8859-1 (ISO Latin 1)
reference pages for introductory
information on codesets. The
discusses codeset converters
and how to use them.
The operating system supports the following Italian locales: it_IT.ISO8859-1 and it_IT.UTF-8, for Italy
Of these locales, only it_IT.UTF-8 supports the Euro currency sign.
You can use the locale command (see locale(1)) to find out which 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 Italian 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 Italian-specific information that you need when loading keymaps.
Selecting keymaps in xkb format:
|For VT Style||For PC Style|
|LK201-LI||lk201||LK442-PI||lk442 or lk44x|
|LK401-AI||lk401||LK444-AI||lk444 or lk44x|
|LK411-AI||lk411||LK471-AI||lk471ai or lk471|
|LK450-AI||lk450||LK47W-AI||lk471ai or lk471|
|LK451-AI||lk450||LK97W-AI||lk97wai or lk97w|
Selecting keymaps in xmodmap format:
|For VT Style||For PC Style|
|LK201-LI||italian lk201li dp||LK442-PI||italian lk444ki|
|italian lk201li tw||LK444-AI||italian lk444ki|
|LK401-AI||italian lk401ai dp||LK471-AI||italian pcxalgi|
|italian lk401ai tw||LK47W-AI||italian pcxalgi|
|LK411-AI||italian lk411ai||PCXAL-AI||italian pcxalgi|
|LK450-AI||italian lk411ai||PCXAL-FI||italian pcxalgi|
|LK451-AI||italian lk411ai||PCXAL-GI||italian pcxalgi|
|LK461-AI||italian lk411ai||PCXAL-KI||italian pcxalgi|
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
printer resident. See
for general discussion of printer
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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