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Super + key behavior

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Hello there. I'm used to pressing Super(Win key) + Grave(`) to type "`" because the Grave key itself is a global shortcut for opening the terminal window. It works as expected in the other applications, but not in Firefox input fields. If the site is capturing the key presses, it will handle the super + key as usual. For example, GitHub will surround the selected word with ` symbols on grave key press. This problem is not limited to super + grave, but any other letter. For example, Super + q is expected to produce the letter "q", but in Firefox it produces nothing.

I'm trying to identify why the Super + key behavior in Firefox is different from other systems and if I should open a bug or not. Maybe this is the same bug as https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1626609. Thunderbird has the same problem.

Firefox: 123.0.1

Hello there. I'm used to pressing Super(Win key) + Grave(`) to type "`" because the Grave key itself is a global shortcut for opening the terminal window. It works as expected in the other applications, but not in Firefox input fields. If the site is capturing the key presses, it will handle the super + key as usual. For example, GitHub will surround the selected word with ` symbols on grave key press. This problem is not limited to super + grave, but any other letter. For example, Super + q is expected to produce the letter "q", but in Firefox it produces nothing. I'm trying to identify why the Super + key behavior in Firefox is different from other systems and if I should open a bug or not. Maybe this is the same bug as https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1626609. Thunderbird has the same problem. Firefox: 123.0.1

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Why would you want to use a single key that you also use normally to compose text to open a terminal window and not a mod'fier+key combination?

The Right Window key acts for me as the compose key, so I need to press an accent twice to get the accent. For a backtick (`) this seems to work differently and I need to press ` three times.

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Thank you, cor-el,

use a single key that you also use normally to compose text

I don't know exactly why I got used to using a single grave key to open a terminal. At some point I came to the conclusion that it is extremely convenient to open a terminal like in Quake. Just press a single key and you're in the terminal.

The Right Window key acts for me as the compose key

Sorry, I don't have the right windows key on a keyboard, it's replaced by an fn key.

For a backtick (`) this seems to work differently and I need to press ` three times.

I do not understand, please clarify.

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The line about the backtick was about using the compose key as a workaround. What do you use for the compose key as on Linux that is the easiest way to enter special characters?

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What do you use for the compose key as on Linux that is the easiest way to enter special characters?

I don't use the compose key at all. I tried to use it to enter non-Latin symbols, but failed and discarded the idea.

By the way, my post was originally about Firefox's inconsistency with the other applications in the system. And I'm trying to determine if the issue I linked to is the right one to post an additional explanation or whether I should find another one.

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Using the compose key is merely holding down this key and press a character key like the 'e' and press the accent key. This should work unless maybe if you use a keyboard layout that doesn't support this.

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