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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       German, german - Introduction to German language support

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       This  reference  page  describes  the  coded character set
       (codeset), locale, device, and other kinds of support  for
       the German language.

   Codesets    [Toc]    [Back]
       The  operating  system supports the following codesets for
       German by means of locales, codeset converters,  or  both:
       ISO 8859-1 (ISO Latin-1)

              ISO8859-1  is the string that represents this codeset
 in the names of locales and codeset converters.
              See iso8859-1(5) for more information.  ISO 8859-15
              (ISO Latin-9)

              ISO8859-15 is the string that represents this codeset
 in the names of locales and codeset converters.
              See iso8859-15(5) for  more  information.   UTF-16,
              UCS-4, and UTF-8

              UTF-16,  UCS-4, and UTF-8 are the strings that represent
 these encoding formats in names  of  locales
              and  codeset  converters.  See  Unicode(5) for more
              information.  PC code pages

              cp437, cp850, and cp1252 are the strings that  represent
 these encoding formats in the names of codeset
 converters. See code_page(5) for more  information.

       See   i18n_intro(5)  and  l10n_intro(5)  for  introductory
       information on codesets. See iconv_intro(5)  for  information
 on codeset converters and how to use them.

   Locales    [Toc]    [Back]
       The operating system provides the following German locales
       for      different       countries:       de_CH.ISO8859-1,
       de_CH.ISO8859-15,   and   de_CH.UTF-8,   for   Switzerland
       de_DE.ISO8859-1, de_DE.ISO8859-15,  and  de_DE.UTF-8,  for

       The  de_CH.ISO8859-15  and de_CH.UTF-8 locales support the
       euro  symbol  for  currency.  The   de_DE.ISO8859-15   and
       de_DE.UTF-8  locales  use  the  euro  symbol for currency.
       Because the locale repertoire does not  contain  the  euro
       symbol,  de_CH.ISO8859-1  and  de_DE.ISO8859-1 continue to
       use the marc currency symbol.

       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.

       In the Common Desktop Environment (CDE), you need to set a
       locale by setting the session language. To do  this,  from
       the  Options  menu  of  the Login window, choose Language.
       Then, from the Language options  menu,  choose  a  session

   Keyboards    [Toc]    [Back]
       The  operating  system supports the following VT style and
       PC style keyboards with German characters printed  on  the

       VT Style (105/108 keys)   PC Style (102 keys)
       LK411-AG                  LK471-AG
       LK450-AG                  LK47W-AG
       LK451-AG                  LK97W-AG
       LK461-AG                  PCXAL-AG
       LK46W-AG                  PCXAL-FG

       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 keyboard(5)  for  general
  information  on keymaps and instructions for loading
       them in different formats.  The  following  tables  supply
       German-specific  information  that  you  need when loading

       Selecting keymaps in xkb format:

       For VT Style             For PC Style
       Keyboard:      Select:   Keyboard:      Select:
       LK411-AG       lk411     LK471-AG       lk471ag or lk471
       LK450-AG       lk450     LK47W-AG       lk471ag or lk471
       LK451-AG       lk450     LK97W-AG       lk97wag or lk97w
       LK461-AG       lk461     PCXAL-AG       pcxalag
       LK46W-AG       lk461     PCXAL-FG       pcxalfg
                                PCXAL-GG       pcxalgg
                                PCXAL-KG       pcxalkg
                                PCXAL-TT       pcxaltt

       Selecting keymaps in xmodmap format:

       For     VT                             For     PC
       Style                                  Style
       Keyboard:    Select:                   Keyboard:    Select:
       LK411-AG     austrian german lk411ag   LK471-AG     austrian german pcxalgg
       LK450-AG     austrian german lk411ag   LK47W-AG     austrian german pcxalgg
       LK451-AG     austrian german lk411ag   PCXAL-AG     austrian german pcxalgg
       LK461-AG     austrian german lk411ag   PCXAL-FG     austrian german pcxalgg
       LK46W-AG     austrian german lk411ag   PCXAL-GG     austrian german pcxalgg
                                              PCXAL-KG     austrian german pcxalgg
                                              PCXAL-TT     austrian german pcxalgg

       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. See keyboard(5) for information
 on how to enter characters.

   Printers    [Toc]    [Back]
       PostScript fonts for languages supported by the ISO 8859-1
       codeset are printer resident.

       See  i18n_printing(5)  for a discussion of printer support

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       Commands: locale(1)

       Others:  code_page(5).   i18n_intro(5),  i18n_printing(5),
       iconv_intro(5),  iso8859-1(5), iso8859-15(5), keyboard(5),
       l10n_intro(5), unicode(5)

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