On macOS devices, I love the feature of having alternate characters shown by a long press of any key (see screenshot attached).

Screenshot of long press of letter E on macOS

As I use a DVORAK US keymap on my loved Thinkpad, I do not have access to accentuate character I use in French unless I switch to AZERTY keymap.

Switching often is a bit painful and a big source of mistakes. I hope to have a similar feature in my Wayland graphical environment.

I didn’t found yet something that fits my need, and I consider implementing it with IBus, without knowing what could be a good way to start hacking on it.

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    have you considered using Tweaks and setting a Compose key from which you can utilise special characters (such as Compose key + e + ' to produce é?) The compose key latches so you don't have to perform keyboard finger gymnastics. I use this all the time to type French on a UK keyboard. – 24601 Mar 5 at 8:41
  • Does this help? askubuntu.com/questions/1231840 – FedonKadifeli Mar 5 at 9:03
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    Maybe worth mentioning that that mechanism is present with the Screen Keyboard feature (OSK), at least on Wayland. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Mar 5 at 11:56

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