Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 5:24 AM (in response to axelbottenberg)
Well, if you wanted to view the keyboard, why didn't you ask in the first place? You asked about Firefox, which isn't an Apple program.
Almost every Edit menu has a Special Characters item which shows all the different characters. Sometimes, thats a bit overwhelming, though.
To have easy access to the keyboard viewer, open Language & Text system prefs, Input Sources, and check the Keyboard & Character Viewer. Also check the Show Input menu in menu bar.
Now, in the input menu (flag), you can pick the keyboard viewer.
If you are using a lot of accented characters where you use the option-accent, character pattern, and the normal keyboard doesn't have enough of those accents, then the US Extended has a bunch of them.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 5:26 AM (in response to axelbottenberg)
Could you provide more details about what is not working? If you are using the US keyboard layout, then you can get special characters by just holding down the base letter and selecting what you want from the popup menu which appears. Does that work?
Or you can use the standard Mac keyboard shortcuts: Option/alt + u, then o gives you ö , etc. Option/alt + s gives you ß. Do those not work?
As for keycaps, that is now called Keyboard Viewer. To activate it you check its box in system preferences/language & text/input sources, plus the box for Show Input Menu in Menu Bar, and then select it in the "flag" menu at the top right of your screen.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 5:50 AM (in response to axelbottenberg)
But it would still be helpful if you could tell everyone what process was not working for you and what process you are now using that does work.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 6:01 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
I activated Keyboard Viewer. Checked box in system preferences/language & text/input sources, etc, as described.
Once that was done, a German (or whichever) flag is interchangeable with the Union Jack, where the date, battery etc is situated. If I choose German flag, and click "open keyboard viewer", I can type away.
The only problem is to change it back to English afterwards, otherwise it will type gobbledeegook.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 7:28 AM (in response to axelbottenberg)
Are you saying that, when the Union Jack is the flag on the screen, neither of the two standard ways to make special characters work for you, not holding down the vowel and getting a popup menu, and not typing option/alt plus u, then o to get ö?