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What is the Mode_switch modifier for?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – Playing with xmodmap I encountered a modifier key I hadn't heard of: Mode_switch. It seems to have something to do with inserting special characters. I assigned it to a key but it seems to have no effect. What is it for? Is it different from ISO_Level3_Shift (Alt Gr)? (HowTos)