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Foreign diacritics for Mac and PC

 
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mcm
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:56 am    Post subject: Foreign diacritics for Mac and PC Reply with quote

My German professor posted this for his students:

Windows XP (International Keyboard Layout)

To set up your machine: (Only has to be done once.)

Under Start Control Panel Regional and Language Options
Click on the Languages Tab
Click the Details button
Click on Add
Make sure the input language is set to English (United States)
Check the Keyboard Layout box
Choose United States-International
Click OK (You may be prompted for your Windows XP CD.)
Close the the Control Panel

To type foreign diacritics:

` then a
then a or Right ALT + a
SHIFT + ~ then n or Right ALT + n
SHIFT + then a,u,o ,, or Right ALT + q,y,p
SHIFT + ^ then a
(To type `'~" or ^, type the desired character followed by a space.)
Right ALT + ,
Right ALT + SHIFT + ,
Right ALT + s
Right ALT + z
Right ALT + /
Right ALT + 1




Foreign Diacritics in Mac OS X

option + ` then [letter]

option + e then [letter]

option + u then [letter]

option + i then [letter]

option + n then [letter]

option + c

option + s

option +

option + SHIFT + ?

option + 1
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louzucaro
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also get to the various characters by using the Windows Character Map program

(go to Start > Run under XP or just Start under Vista, then type in charmap and click to go)

This will open the character map program where you can select any font installed on your system and see all the various characters available.

Note that you can use keyboard shortcuts, such as alt+0233 to get - these are shown at lower-right when you select an item from the character map, if that character has a keycode. If not, you can use Charmap's copy function and then paste it into your app where you need it.

Also note that these characters don't translate in HTML between PCs and Macs (in fact the above character, a lower case e with an acute angle, may not show up for you Mac folk), so it's best to use the HTML codes if you need to use them on web pages, such as é to display the same character I used in the above example.

You can see a table of special characters and their HTML codes here, for example:
http://www.ascii.cl/htmlcodes.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary and Lou,

Excellent information from both of you. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's great!

I have a list of the most commonly used ones for French taped to my monitor!
(the ALT + xxx ones)

VERY helpful! Thanks!

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