I frequently type emails and documents in both english and italian, however having grown up in the US and having learned to touch-type in the US, I am sworn to a US keyboard layout for maximum typing speed. Since the Google Chrome team doesn't seem interested to fix
their lack of support for functionality like the Firefox ZombieKeys
extension, and no existing Chrome extension worked well for me, I decided to look for alternatives. The one I ended up trying, liking, and buying for a reasonably low price is Antibody Software's WizKey
. The additional benefit of using WizKey is that the shortcuts for typing international characters work in any application, even over VNC. Recommended.