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Wednesday, September 11. 2013
♪ Oh, say can you see,
While I don't think any of these would fall under the heading of 'earthshakingly critical', there might be the odd occasion, like the above, where it would be fun to throw one or two into a comment or email.
For standard special fonts (is that an oxymoron?), like é con acento or the tilde in señor, they're all right there on the top panel of the Character Map program, found in Start Menu, Programs, Accessories, System Tools. First select 'Arial' at the top, double-click on the character you want, hit the 'Copy' button to copy it to memory, then hit Ctrl-V to paste it into the editor.
And you have zee perfect résumé!
Pic: Sorry, the artist screwed up. He thought I said special founts.
There are, however, a handful of oddball fonts that only reside in some offbeat font set or in only one common set in an odd place on the panel. The hitch is that we only have the default Windows fonts to work with, which basically means Arial, Verdana, Tahoma and Times New Roman. If you use a special font from a different font set and the reader doesn't have that particular font on their system, it won't be displayed.
B → R B □!
Be there or be square!
The adventure continues below the fold.
Most of these are two & three panels up from the bottom.
— Musical signs ♪ ♫
— Playing cards ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦
— The squares □ ■
— Male & female signs ♂ ♀
— Arrows ← ↑ → ↓ ↔ ↕
— The common fractions are at the top, ¼ ½ ¾, below are ⅓ ⅔ ⅛ ⅜ ⅝ ⅞
— It also has a check mark for your daily tasks:
√ Wake up
— All Maggie's Valued Readers™ will appreciate this post
— And, for incredible authenticity, the reverse R in "Toys 'Я' Us" is in the middle about a third down.
— While Arial has a few superscripts, 10² 10³, Verdana adds 10⁴ 10⁵ 10⁷ 10⁸, bottom panel. It's one of those strange "quirks of science" that there's no number in the known universe that goes to the sixth power.
— hurricanes ≠ global warming
Entering The Above Via The Keyboard
This requires a numeric keypad over to the right, so laptop owners are outta luck.
You'll notice when you click on a special character in Character Map, an "Alt+xxxx" figure appears in the very lower-right.
The process is to first hold down the left Alt key, then enter the four numbers into the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key and the special character will pop onto the page.
The four I have memorized are:
— The horizontal bar — like so — is 0151
For the rest, I turn to Character Map.
And, showing off their versatility, here's BobZ and me in the comments in a post I made a while back, where I mentioned this upcoming post:
And my response:
And, just to prove that Microsoft is ever willing to open its arms in friendship to our poor Apple cousins from across the tracks, some wry wit slipped this into the Verdana set:
I ♥ Ѽ
Now, that's cute.
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So that's how it's done! I always kinda wondered, even tried looking it up on google one day (got nowhere), so thanks. I got the proggie fired up, lemme give it a try.
I have a real ♣ for Sofia Vergara!
Hard as ♦s!
She's the ☼ of my life!
Looks good in the Preview.
In truth, although everybody loves to knock Microsoft, Windows actually has a number of decent little tools like Character Map. You can crop and resize pics in Paint, import pics into Wordpad, the SendTo feature is extremely helpful, and even little Notepad plays a valuable role in the editing world because it's a 'pure' ASCII editor and whatever block of text gets pasted into it is stripped of any embedded commands, so you have 'pure' text to paste into the editor.
Loved the comment, tho'. Welcome. :)
Thanks! Nice to be here! What's "SendTo"? I looked it up on google but got confoosed!
I changed my default keyboard settings from English to International/French so that French accents and such were within reach all the time, no matter the application.
I use Notepad frequently when I need to strip pesky formatting from chunks of text, and I tend to use it in conjunction with various OCR apps which, due to the nature of things, will attempt to resolve every mark on a page as text, whether it is or not (handwritten notes, for example).
"but got confoosed!"
Yes, that's the problem all new-comers to the 21st century face. Everything's so different and new!
If you double-click on an icon, what program 'associated' with that file extension opens. A ".txt" file open in Notepad, a ".jpg" opens in your pic viewer. If you want a different program to open it, you have manually, laboriously open the program and then manually, laboriously open the load requester and then manually, laboriously hunt down the file. It's not a pretty sight.
With the SendTo feature, you merely right-click on the icon and 'send' it to the program of choice. Like, if you wanted to spell-check that Notepad file, you'd 'send' it to something like MS Word and do the dirty deed. I use a pic viewer called IrfanView, so that's what the pic extensions are associated with, but if I want to edit a pic, I 'send' it to Photoshop.
I should also note that it's a little confoosing to set up, because you have to deal with two SendTo folders, but once it's done, it's easy to update in the future. I've always considered it perhaps Windows' best trick.
"Oh, Cod!," he exclaimed in despair.
That was from my very first experiment in OCR, where the actual quote was "Oh, God!". That would have been around '90, and the technology probably still had a short ways to go, heh. Never had any real use for it, but it's always struck me as an interesting technology.
That's clever what you did with the keyboard.
Very appreciated post, Doc! I'm with Higgy up above, always wanted to know how to do it but never figured it out. Hold on...
I ♥ Tom Cruise.
It's my dirty little secret. :-)
And we're always quoting a line or two from songs to make our point in my blog group, so the musical notes should be a hit! I be awesome!
Yeah, I guess I did. LOL
Most OCR apps have not improved much - although Adobe Acrobat does allow a .pdf to be OCR'ed, so as to be rendered searchable.
The concept of separating the text from the background is one that takes a little to get your head around. The idea that there are two 'layers' to a document can set the mind awhirl.
MS Word has a list of items you can insert into a word document. They also have an equation editor that allows you to write equations in word documents. They keep it well hidden but I found it about a decade ago when I was writing a paper with some equations in it. MS licences the equation editor from Design Science so if you would like to try the full equation editor free for 30 days, go here.
I did it! I quoted a line from a Heart song in my group last night and put the musical notes on either side of it -- and they loved it! I didn't claim an "credit", just sent them to this article. Cool!
This is the same function that can be accessed and inserted via the "Insert - Symbol" menu selection on the toolbar in Word.
Øh Greåt Døctør,
Før we whø håve tø use Nørwegian lettering, it's nø great "Ænigma!"
Åll is secønd nature!
Fortunately, we only have to remember six ALT+ codes:
Æ is ALT+146 Ø is ALT+0216 Å is ALT+143
æ is ALT+145 ø is ALT+0248 å is ALT+134
Even though the Norwegians themselves have assimilated some of our English lettering, often you'll find a mixture in book and magazine pages. The "Ø" symbol is found almost at the end of the Norwegian alphabet, and the closest to it in English is "Y."
Therefore, my maternal ancestors who came to America from "Sønstelien Gård (Farm - often represented in English with two a's as "Gaard"), when they got here they became Synsteliens. (And yes, Don Synstelien of SynFonts is my graphically-gifted cousin.)
You might investigate doing what 'kellym' did up above with French. Pretty clever!
I handle these in a couple of ways. If I have an occasional symbol I find it in the fonts and paste it in the margin of the piece I'm typing. I can then copy / paste it quickly whenever it comes up. The other choice is to use the "auto correct spelling" to associate a commonly used word with a similar or odd spelling so that the spell correct will insert the word with the symbol in place.