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I have the keyboard layout set on spanish (I'm spanish). In most programs I have no problems typing characters like á, ñ, è, é...

But there are some programs where I try to type 'á' for example, and the ´ key doesn't work. This happens in Telegram and IntelliJ IDEA. Is this an OS problem or do I have to download a 'spanish' version of this programs?

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I guess Telegram expects the wrong input method. You have two ways to fix it:

  • Tell Telegram (and other Qt apps) to use xim
    Just set QT_IM_MODULE=xim before running it
  • Run ibus
    Add ibus-daemon to your startup applications

    I don't know which one is better. There is a discussion in Telegram's github:
    https://github.com/telegramdesktop/tdesktop/issues/1041

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