Whenever I need a backtick or a tilde on my iBook, I have to press space after that to get the character I really want. I've been using X11 with a no-deadkeys keymaps for many years now and have never had any problems inserting the characters I needed manually as I rarely want to type é or similar characters at all.

By now I've created my own keymap file that I use via ~/.Xmodmap so at least for X applications I've solved the issue. Given that XEmacs's next-error function is bound to C-x ` this is a major improvement.

If you know how to disable deadkeys on a German keyboard for "normal" applications as well, please drop me a note.

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