United States

We provide language and cultural support for the United States.


To customize your system to recognize certain language and cultural conventions used in the United States, such as date and time formats, currency format, and sorting order, please follow these steps:




Your system has one of several possible keyboards. Although ipanel provides you with a default keyboard configuration, you should either confirm the default or select a different configuration.


When you have made all your selections:


The standard keyboard shipped with most SGI systems can enter only ASCII characters by default. Configured as shipped, it does not allow users to enter or use non-ASCII characters needed for certain languages, such as French or Portuguese. However, the American location makes it possible to use non-ASCII characters with most system tools.

The "US ASCII with Compose key" keyboard layout is exactly like the default layout for the (101-key) US keyboard, except that the right Alt key (the key immediately to the right of the space bar) acts as a Compose key, which makes it possible to enter many non-ASCII characters. See the compose(5) and composetable(5) man pages for more information about using the Compose key.

Some systems include a keyboard specially designed for countries other than the US or languages other than English. If you have such a keyboard, you should choose the appropriate keyboard from the Language Controls panel; this will make your keyboard generate the characters that appear on each key. The right Alt key on the most foreign language keyboards selects alternate characters for many of the keyboard keys. Pressing Shift and the right Alt key and then releasing both keys activates the compose function, as described in compose(5).

If you are not certain which keyboard you have, first look at the Enter key. If your Enter key is rectangular, you have a US keyboard and should use the "US ASCII with Compose key" keyboard layout. If your Enter key is non-rectangular, you probably have a foreign language keyboard.

If your keyboard has a non-rectangular Enter key, it is possible that you have a national keyboard for some other country. You can try each of the keyboard layouts listed in the Language Controls panel until you find the one that matches your layout, or contact your sales and support office for assistance.


For further assistance with language and cultural customization questions please contact your local SGI representative.