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Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 1:23 AM


I just took a quiz on Spanish questions and one question had an editorial note "[tilde over the n]" to make sure the foreign spelling was known. I fear that the author didn;t know he could type it in correctly.

I hit alt-n and then n and get this:

I work on a Mac...but I'm sure that a PC can handle accents, etc. so I think we all need to learn this keyboard skill

If the English-speakers are going to use foreign words we should make sure they appear correctly too!
Here's a sample of some non-English letters that I can type:

And BTW - I am lovin' the new features...cleaner quizzes and answers on word rounds! It's all good!

Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 12:39 PM

Really? I cannot get my keyboard to make those special characters....maybe I am some keyboard gomer?


Puppet138  (Level: 167.6 - Posts: 65)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 1:17 PM

There is an area on windows, I think in the control panel that will allow you to use these characters

Mindmonkey  (Level: 268.4 - Posts: 295)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 3:56 PM

On the Mac, there used to be a feature called key caps in system 9 that showed all of the characters available. I haven't found the similar feature in system 10, although I assume it is right under my nose. There is also something called "special characters." Look under the "Edit" pull down menu in Safari. That has a series of different kinds of characters, but looks pretty clumsy to use.

Another easy way that I've found to get the special characters is to cut from somewhere on the web and paste into Sploofus. It accepts all of them.

Redbaron  (Level: 195.7 - Posts: 296)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 11:24 AM

It's a bit harder on Windows. Go to System Tools and bring up the Character Map program. From there you can either cut & paste special characters or learn a keystroke to get them. For example, on my Windows 98 system (old, I know), n with a tilde is alt+0241: (hold down the "alt" key while hitting "0 2 4 1" on the numeric keypad)...

I've used this on most versions of Windows...I keep my old Windows 98 box around because it's a Sherman Tank of a computer, an old HP Pavilion which has been in use continually for about 8 years and refuses to die!


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