I'm beginning to do a lot of typing in Spanish, and am hoping for a convenient way to use the few special characters (accented vowels, and the ñ) in a system-wide fashion. I have used Spanish language keyboards before, which do the trick, but I'm not interested in changing keyboards every 5 minutes when I change language contexts.
As I recall, the Spanish keyboards accomplish the accent marks by essentially adding a new "shift"-type key, when pressed in combination with the vowel, it produces the accented version.
I've also seen macro set ups for OpenOffice.org, which essentially convert 'o to ó.
I would be willing to use either a key combination, or two-key approach, the main requirement is that it needs to be system-wide (thus the OpenOffice.org macros aren't an acceptable solution).
What are my options? Do I just need to get out a keyboard mapper and map some key combinations to my accented vowels? I'm hoping for something a bit more standard than that, if possible.