View Full Version : [gnome] Typing "TM" shows a symbol

October 8th, 2009, 11:05 PM
Anyone know why typing "TM" in text entry areas displays a symbol that looks like a face instead of the letters? More importantly does anyone know how to get it to stop.

By text entry I mean just about anywhere associated with the desktop. For instance typing in the title of this post it happened but in the message body here it doesn't.


October 8th, 2009, 11:07 PM
TM is the symbol for trademark and appears as the letters "TM". Not really sure how to turn it off, as I don't have that problem. I'll check, though. I use KDE, are you using GNOME?

October 8th, 2009, 11:10 PM
It does indeed sound like it's showing the TM logo, though from what I recall, TM isn't in a circle, it's simply ™

Can you provide a screenshot (or confirm that's the symbol you see) at all? :)

October 8th, 2009, 11:13 PM
From what I recall, TM isn't in a circle, it's simply
? :)
Yeah, you're right, edited my first post, guess I had remembered the circle on the http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:1BtSek3WbDmmjM:http://z.about.com/d/inventors/1/G/N/U/RT.GIF :)

October 8th, 2009, 11:26 PM
it will show what your talking about if you
have libtm-perl installed I'm not sure why
libtm is there from what i can see it doesn't
do anything it may have something to do with
the trademark.

October 9th, 2009, 02:06 AM
I've attached a screenshot. I'm aware that TM is short for trademark. What I don't understand is why my system insists on translating it. I'm running Linux Mint 7 (Ubuntu 9.04 w/ Gnome). It's almost impossible to google for the problem since TM is often used (to mean trademark of course). The one reference I ever found to it was a user asking a #ubuntu channel why it happened to him. Unfortunately he didn't get a response. (Nor did I when I tried the #gnome and #linuxmint channels recommended by their respective websites. :/

Specifically if I type TM in uppercase then as soon as the 'M' is typed the TM changes into a symbol. This occurs even in the middle of a work (e.g., HTML) or for text being presented by the system. As an example of that last on the editor for these forums on the toolbar on the far right are a pair of angle brackets. Hovering over them displays the tooltip: "Wrap [H@L] tags around the selected text.' (Where @ is not the "at" sign but whatever the system is translating TM as.


PS - libtm-perl is for querying and building topic maps. Additionally I don't have it installed.

October 9th, 2009, 03:52 PM
Mostly solved anyway. This seems to be a consequence of using Purisa as my system font. When I switch to Sans the behavior goes away. Still not sure of the why of it since I really like the look of Purisa but at least I have a workaround.