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I helped move the German Dvorak keyboard layout into the Linux distributions. It is part of X11. Here are some notes:

The layout that I made is under /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols in the file de, there you will find a dvorak section. A user requested to make the backtick a non-dead key. To do this, find out where the key is that you want to modify. Every key gets a position like AB10. "A" means "character block", "B" is the second row from below, "10" is the tenth key over there. AB10 is defined as { [ minus, underscore, endash, emdash ] }; which means it is minus, unless you type shift, in which case it is underscore. endash and emdash are I believe with other modifying keys like Alt Gr and Shift_AltGr