Re: Entering Unicode

From: Douglas Davidson (
Date: Thu Mar 27 2008 - 10:21:13 CST

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    On Mar 27, 2008, at 5:16 AM, Tom wrote:

    > If, on the other hand, you are using a Mac then there are two
    > different ways to go about it:
    > 1. Select the "Special Characters..." item from the Edit menu (or
    > hold down Command-Option-T); this will bring up the Character
    > Palette from which you can locate the character (it's held in the
    > "Latin" glyph block). Getting it in your document is as simple as
    > double-clicking on the character from the table.
    > 2. From the input menu (this will be the menu with a flag in the top
    > right-hand corner of the menu bar) select the Unicode Hex Input
    > item. If it isn't available, you'll need to select "Open
    > International...", and scroll down until you find "Unicode Hex Input".
    > Once Unicode Hex Input is the active input method, simply hold down
    > the Option key and type the character's code.

    There are other ways to do it on a Mac, too. For example, the "U.S.
    Extended" keyboard has, among other things, a macron dead key
    combination (option-a). If you select this keyboard, you can type
    option-a followed by the base letter, so option-a e would get you e
    with a macron. Possibly other keyboards might have it (use "Show
    Keyboard Viewer" to see what a keyboard offers), or if you have
    frequent need of certain characters you can create a custom keyboard
    with whatever characters you want.

    Douglas Davidson

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