Soft Diacritics in a Virtual Machine Environment
Original Publication Date: 1986-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
By making provision in a virtual machine interface to designate any eligible diacritic character as having either a "dead" or "live" state, additional flexibility is achieved in a virtual machine environment. Composite characters are those created using two keystrokes. One keystroke is the diacritic accent, and the second keystroke is an alphabetic character. These diacritics are often called "dead keys" because they are non-escaping. On keyboards and some word processors, it is actually a physical key that is "dead". Any code output coming from that key position will be designated as dead. A scheme has been adopted in a virtual machine environment which may be described as "dead characters" for the non-escaping nature of a code point which is entirely unrelated to where it might happen to be placed on the physical keyboard.