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Re: Unicode Character key-in problem



On 9/7/2010 9:34 PM, Celejar wrote:
On Tue, 07 Sep 2010 09:01:11 -0700
Carl Johnson<carlj@peak.org>  wrote:

...

Sorry, I was referring to the link to compose keys.  I haven't figured
out how to use hex input for Linux (or FreeBSD).

As Camaleón has explained, it's really pretty straightforward: press
ctrl-shift-u simultaneously, then release all three; you'll see an
underlined 'u'.  Now enter the hex code for the character, one digit at
a time, then press enter when finished.  Voila, you'll get the Unicode
character!

Celejar

This question brought up an interesting, and bigger question:

In DOS and all versions of Windows, going back to the stone age, you could hold ALT and press 3 digits of the extended (128~255) ASCII table, using the number pad, and get all kinds of foreign and other useful characters. For instance, if you wanted a German ess-tset character, you would hold ALT and push 225, like this: ß. I'm writing this from Win 7, and you can see that it works. It also works in Open Office in the Windows version. Something similar in MS Word--I think Word requires a 0 before the code.

As far as I can tell, this does _not_ work in Debian or in PcLinuxOs, the two Lx's I have present access to. Not in plain files like KWrite, and not in Open Office. I don't understand what the above correspondent is getting at (I don't know what Unicode is). How, in plain English, can one get foreign characters in Linux without using an international keyboard? (I assume that works, as the international keyboard is a choice in many distros, under Locale.) Or is it basically just not possible?

--doug



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