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from it says that the keys ` + a should give me à but apparently its not working. so basically I'm wondering which computer was the wikipedia article targeted at?

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It's not a computer that it's targeted at. It's a keyboard layout. – Wuffers May 23 '11 at 4:03
@Mark Szymanski so it actually works on windows? – Pacerier May 23 '11 at 4:09
@Pacerier: AFAIK it does. I don't use Windows so I can't say for sure. – Wuffers May 23 '11 at 4:13
@Mark Szymanski so it actually works on mac? – Pacerier May 23 '11 at 4:25
@Pacerier Yes it does àpparently. You don't even say which keyboard layout you have, which would make it easier to troubleshoot your issue. – slhck May 23 '11 at 7:02
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It will work on any system that is using a U.S. International keyboard layout. Go into your keyboard settings and choose that layout.

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It also works on non-U.S. keyboard layouts, you just probably have to press Shift before `, for example on German layouts. – slhck May 23 '11 at 7:03

It depends on the program.

E.g. it works on Wordpad, but not on Notepad. Try the former.

Edit: If you're using XP, try going to Control Panel --> Regional and Language Options --> Advanced and checking Extend support of advanced text services to all programs, and seeing if that helps.

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Works fine on both here... – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 23 '11 at 4:38
@Ignacio: Weird, it doesn't for me. You reckon it has anything to do with the "Extend text services to all programs" setting? – Mehrdad May 23 '11 at 4:39
Possibly. I do have that enabled here. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 23 '11 at 4:43
I don't have the extend support of advanced text services in windows vista home premium – Pacerier May 23 '11 at 5:55

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