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    Special characters

    All of those lovely symbols in Character Map could be really useful, if one didn't have to open Character Map to use them! Is there a way of mapping all the special characters and symbols to certain key combinations, like on a Mac?
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    Re: Special characters

    You can enter any unicode character by pressing Ctrl-Shift-U followed by the hex unicode value followed by enter or space. For instance, this sequence: Ctrl-Shift-U, A, 9, Space gives you a copyright symbol and Ctrl-Shift-U, B, F, 5, Space gives a rather pleasing Tamil year symbol. ௵ Use the character map to find the character values.


    For more mundane accented letters, sequences like AltGr-', e are easier to remember (hold AltGr and tap the ' key, release and then tap e to get ê. These sequences are called compose character sequences, and I have not yet seen a good reference guide for them.
    Last edited by The Cog; September 24th, 2009 at 10:54 PM.

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    Re: Special characters

    Quote Originally Posted by frogbrains View Post
    All of those lovely symbols in Character Map could be really useful, if one didn't have to open Character Map to use them! Is there a way of mapping all the special characters and symbols to certain key combinations, like on a Mac?
    They are already mapped if you pick the keyboard layout you like and use the compose key (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ComposeKey), for instance compose o = gives you a euro €.

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    Re: Special characters

    Quote Originally Posted by StuartN View Post
    They are already mapped if you pick the keyboard layout you like and use the compose key (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ComposeKey), for instance compose o = gives you a euro €.
    Yes that's a good reference. Thanks.

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