We provide language and cultural support for Iceland.


To customize your system to recognize certain language and cultural conventions used in Iceland, 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 Icelandic users to enter or use non-ASCII characters needed for certain European languages.

If you wish to use non-ASCII characters from the iso8859-1 character set, which includes most of the characters needed for western European languages, select Desktop Customize Language and choose the Icelandic location and the US ASCII with Compose key keyboard.

The Icelandic 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) behaves 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 Icelandic. If you have a Icelandic keyboard, you should choose the Icelandic 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 Icelandic keyboard 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) man page, on the Icelandic keyboard.

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. If your Enter key is non-rectangular, you probably have an Icelandic keyboard.

If your keyboard has a non-rectangular Enter key but selecting the Icelandic layout does not make it work properly, 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.