A family member of mine has a Windows XP PRO desktop (with Dutch MUI).
Now because he wants to type letters with accents (i.e. chars like à) I've set the keyboard settings to "US-International". This should enable the deadkeys feature for entering international characters. This simply means that when pressing a ' nothing will appear until the next key is pressed. So if you type 'a the letter à will appear. If you type 'w then these cannot be "merged" the two 'w will simply appear.
That's the theory that I've seen in practice work quite a few times ... except this time.
Somehow when you press ' it will show TWO chars: '' immediately after pressing the single '. So when pressing 'a we get (3 chars) ''a instead of the desired (1 char) à .
I've tried setting it back to the normal "US" and then back again to "US International" but that didn't fix the issue.
I've googled and found only one question in a forum with the same problem ... but no answers.
So the question I have is quite simple: How do I get the deadkeys working again because the official setting appears to be broken on this system ?
NOTE: For now we have the workaround of ALT- that is very inconvenient but works.
[2011-05-03] I have absolutely no idea what happened but the problem no longer happens at the end users location.