Re: nbsp and symbol boxes

From: Mark Leisher (
Date: Mon Feb 10 1997 - 19:23:28 EST

    Murray> In Microsoft Word, Ctrl+Shift+Space generates NBSP and you can
    Murray> change that to something else if you desire. But I don't know of
    Murray> a more widespread Windows standard. Actually this omission is
    Murray> just the tip of a symbol iceberg: we need good ways to enter a
    Murray> myriad Unicode characters. This alias has seen a discussion of
    Murray> using the Unicode value to enter characters, but we clearly need
    Murray> more powerful approaches with user-customizable on-screen
    Murray> keyboards and symbol boxes.

Definite agreement there. I have found that users like complete customization
of their keyboards as well as the ability to set up custom "symbol boxes."
One approach I have been trying recently is loading fonts into a grid and
letting the user drag and drop the glyphs they want onto an on-screen
keyboard or a symbol box. I have only done a few user tests so far, but the
"test subjects" seem to really like it so far.
Mark Leisher "A designer knows he has achieved perfection
Computing Research Lab not when there is nothing left to add, but
New Mexico State University when there is nothing left to take away."
Box 30001, Dept. 3CRL -- Antoine de Saint-Exup'ery
Las Cruces, NM 88003

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