How to type guillemets (book title mark in Chinese) in Emacs (efficiently)?

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The most effective way of inputing Chinese punctuation characters such as is probably using input method chinese-punct. Concretely, one can do it with the following steps:

  • type M-x C-l
  • type chinese-punt, then Enter to turn on chinese-punct input method
  • type < and choose 3 for entering
  • enter C-\ to toggle back to the default input method
  • What's M-x C-l? The way to choose an input method is C-x RET C-\.
    – angus
    Jan 3, 2012 at 6:12

does this help? Using ISO Latin 1 in Emacs. I'm not sure what you mean by "book title marks in Chinese"

Enable iso-accents-mode then type:

~< to get «


~> to get »

  • "book title marks in Chinese" is how guillements are used in Chinese and called. iso-accents-mode is an obsolete way of entering accented Latin letters and not likely an ideal solution for entering guillements. +1 for pointing the option out.
    – qazwsx
    Jan 1, 2012 at 22:54

If you are in an X environment, you can just simply use [Compose] [<] [<] or [Compose] [>] [>].

  • What is [Compose] and [<], concretely? I.e. what do I do on my keyboard?
    – qazwsx
    Jan 4, 2012 at 22:57
  • That depends on your configuration. For [Compose], either [AltGr] or the Windows context menu key are usually used. In some desktop environments like KDE, you have to activate it in the system settings. Jan 8, 2012 at 6:37

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