As a French student living in the US, I'm using both QWERTY and AZERTY keyboards.

tex.stackexhange is a good website, but a problem comes when it's about asking questions.

Indeed, when I wanna use the ` as in subcaption, I have to switch my keyboard to a US keyboard cause that character doesn't exist on the French one. The same problems comes with other functions too.

Is there another way to implement that function in a question without switching keyboards ? Does a universal/international code exist for that ?

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    Have you seen How do I mark inline code?? Instead of typing `, you can press Ctrl+K or click the "code" button with "{ }" on it. Or use HTML: <code>foo bar</code>. I don’t think Stack Exchange is likely to change their markup system since it’s heavily based on markdown, a very simple markup language. That also is where the backtick markup comes from.
    – doncherry
    Feb 11, 2013 at 21:35
  • Related: Wikipedia: AZERTY which supports Lionel MANSUY’s answer. Maybe you need to hit the space bar or a non-grave-ed-able letter (neither a, e, o, i nor u) as ` can be a dead key. Feb 16, 2013 at 4:20

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On my French keyboard layout (on a Mac), the \ key is mapped to the ` character. Are you sure that your keyboard layout doesn't provide the character at all?

Evidence: (please don't correct the typos).

This line zqs typed on q French keyboqrd lqyoyt: this pqrt is so,e inline code:

(This line was typed on a French keyboard layout. this part is some inline code.)

French keyboard layout


On a french PC keyboard this symbol is accessible through AltGr + è (or the 7 key if you prefer...), and typing a space or a \.

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