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    Post How to Input/Type Special Characters That Are Not On Your Keyboard

    Hello,

    I tried to come up with all possible ways to use special characters that don't
    exist on your keyboard under Ubuntu Linux. Here's what I have so far...

    1. Change Keyboard Layout to the one that has special characters you desire
      (Menu: System ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Keyboard ⇒ Layout Tab ⇒ Add a layout)
    2. Input Method Platform + Language Engine that has special characters you desire
      (e.g. SCIM (Smart Common Input Method) + m17n-latn-post for typing, say, German characters like "ä", "ß")
    3. Input Method Platform + Language Engine that has capability to convert user-input to special characters you desire
      (e.g. with SCIM + Anthy (Japanese Conversion Engine), you can type "やじるし" (meaning "arrow" in Japanese) to get characters like "←", "↑", etc. Also, user-defined entries can be added to the Anthy dictionary)
    4. Desktop Applets
      (e.g. GNOME Character Palette, Character Map)
    5. Application-Specific Features/Plugins/Addons
      (e.g. SpecSym Plugin for gedit, abcTajpu addon for Firefox)
    6. Copy & paste from websites (or other documents) that use special characters


    My questions for you are:

    • Can you come up with other ways? If so, what are they?
    • What's your favorite method? Why?
    • Do you have opinions on which method is better than others? If so, please explain.


    I'm looking forward to your feedback!

    - Satoshi
    Last edited by stanabe; April 28th, 2008 at 02:22 AM.

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    Re: How to Input/Type Special Characters That Are Not On Your Keyboard

    In SCIM (if you figure how to use it, I had some trouble at first myself), there's an option under "Other" tab in the method entry list called "Brute Code" (or I think that's what it's called, mine is in Spanish). Anyway, you can type in Unicode or UTF-8 codes and it will convert it to its Unicode counterpart. This is a good analogue to Windows' Alt-codes.

    ☺ ←that smiley face is 236a, the arrow is 2190. Good luck!

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    Re: How to Input/Type Special Characters That Are Not On Your Keyboard

    There is always Menu/Accessories/Character Map.

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