Jelks Cabaniss wrote:
> Peter T. Daniels wrote:
> >> Virtual keyboards that have to be clicked are used for entry
> >> in textboxes in many webpages.
> > Word for Windows all but forces you to do it for any accented
> > letters -- that, or memorize a bunch of arbitrary 3-digit
> > codes.
> You can (and not just for "accented letters", but for any Unicode character whatsoever) type the 4-digit Unicode codepoint and press ALT+X. E.g., "05d0", followed by ALT+X, inserts an Aleph. (A quick way from within Word to determine the Unicode codepoint is via the "Insert Symbol" dialog.) For those characters you use more frequently, you can assign your own shortcut key to insert them directly.

So all one needs is an up-to-date Unicode catalog! (I have 3 vols. of
v.1, one of them a *Language* review copy, two of them gifts from Lloyd

My Insert > Symbol pane gives the proprietary font of the publisher I'm
working for (and whose computer it is), which includes Garamond versions
of all the accented letters that have been needed so far, Greek,
Cyrillic, Hebrew, and IIRC Arabic.

> As to common accented (French, German, ...) letters, there's a less "arbitrary" method. From Word's Help:

Of course I cannot see a single one of the resulting characters below.
Where in Word's Help will I find this table? It looks like a Mac
emulation but with different leading characters. It would be nice if
this appeared in the "documentation" (meaning aftermarket books)
somewhere, since Help auxiliaries are useless if you don't already know
the terms they use for particular functions.

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> CTRL+` (ACCENT GRAVE), the letter grave?
> à, è, ì, Ã2, Ã1,
> Ã*, È, Ì, Ò, Ù
> CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), the letter acute?
> á, é, Ö, Ã3, ú, Ã*
> Ã*, É, Ã*, Ó, Ãs, Ã*
> CTRL+SHIFT+^ (CARET), the letter circumflex?
> â, ê, î, ô, û
> Â, ÃS, Ã*, Ô, Ãð
> CTRL+SHIFT+~ (TILDE), the letter tilde?
> ã, ñ, õ
> Ã, Ñ, Õ
> CTRL+SHIFT+: (COLON), the letter umlaut?
> ä, ë, ï, ö, Ã*, ÿ,
> Ä, ÃÐ, Ã*, Ö, Ü, Ÿ
> CTRL+SHIFT+@, a or A overring?
> å, Å
> CTRL+SHIFT+&, a or A ?
> Ã|, ÃÝ
> CTRL+SHIFT+&, o or O ?
> œ, Œ
> CTRL+, (COMMA), c or C cedilla?
> ç, Ãý
> CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), d or D edh??
> ð, Ã*
> CTRL+/, o or O slash?
> ø, Ø
> ¿
> ¡
> CTRL+SHIFT+&, s ess-tzet?
> ß
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...