If you want to type in other languages, you can add different keyboards
  1. Choose System->Preferences->Keyboard
  2. Click on the Layouts tab
  3. Click on Add
  4. Click on Layout Options and go to "Key(s) to change layout" - This will allow you to use keyboard...
To type accents with your keyboard, you will need to configure the Compose key on your keyboard.

If you do not know the keycode for your Compose key, at a terminal window, type: xev You will immediately note lots of output in the window every...