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authorShaun McCance <>2011-03-20 16:38:59 -0400
committerShaun McCance <>2011-03-20 16:39:23 -0400
commita001b7b633bb20c8471289e4bbf0e00549370d20 (patch)
parent5c9842638127be48538c68d1ecb60631bcd21e7b (diff)
g-h/tips-specialchars: Wrote 3/5 sections of special characters
1 files changed, 71 insertions, 4 deletions
diff --git a/gnome-help/C/ b/gnome-help/C/
index 6a6a1a5..dff7d2c 100644
--- a/gnome-help/C/
+++ b/gnome-help/C/
@@ -3,7 +3,8 @@
<link type="guide" xref="tips"/>
- <revision pkgversion="3.0" date="2011-03-19" status="stub"/>
+ <revision pkgversion="3.0" date="2011-03-19" status="incomplete"/>
<credit type="author copyright">
<name>Shaun McCance</name>
@@ -17,22 +18,88 @@
<title>Enter special characters</title>
- <p>XXXXX</p>
+ <p>You can enter and view thousands of characters from most of the world's
+ writing systems, even those not found on your keyboard. This page lists
+ some different ways you can enter special characters.</p>
+ <links type="section">
+ <title>Methods to enter characters</title>
+ </links>
<section id="charmap">
- <title>Character Map</title>
+ <title>Character map</title>
+ <p>GNOME comes with a character map application that allows you to browse
+ all the characters in Unicode. Use the character map to find the character
+ you want, and then copy and paste it to wherever you need it.</p>
+ <p>You can find <app>Character Map</app> in the <gui>Activities</gui> overview.
+ For more information on the character map, see the
+ <link href="ghelp:gucharmap">Character Map Manual</link>.</p>
<section id="compose">
<title>Compose key</title>
+ <p>A compose key is a special key that allows you to press multiple keys
+ in a row to get a special character. For example, to type the accented
+ letter <em>é</em>, you can press <key>compose</key> then <key>'</key>
+ then <key>e</key>.</p>
+ <p>Keyboards don't have specific compose keys. Instead, you can define
+ one of the existing keys on your keyboard as a compose key.</p>
+ <steps>
+ <title>Define a compose key</title>
+ <item><p>Click your name in the top bar and select <gui>System
+ Settings</gui>.</p></item>
+ <item><p>Click <gui>Region and Language</gui>.</p></item>
+ <item><p>Select the <gui>Layouts</gui> tab and press
+ <gui>Options</gui>.</p></item>
+ <item><p>Find the group called <gui>Compose key position</gui>.
+ Select the key or keys you would like to behave as a compose key.
+ You can choose keys like <key>Caps Lock</key>, either of the
+ <key>Alt</key> keys, or the menu key. Any keys you select will
+ then only work as a compose key, and will no longer work for
+ their original purpose.</p></item>
+ </steps>
+ <p>You can type many common characters using the compose key, for
+ example:</p>
+ <list>
+ <item><p>Press <key>compose</key> then <key>'</key> then a letter to
+ place an acute accent over that letter, such as <em>é</em>.</p></item>
+ <item><p>Press <key>compose</key> then <key>`</key> (backtick) then a
+ letter to place a grave accent over that letter, such as
+ <em>è</em>.</p></item>
+ <item><p>Press <key>compose</key> then <key>"</key> then a letter to
+ place an umlaut over that letter, such as <em>ë</em>.</p></item>
+ <item><p>Press <key>compose</key> then <key>-</key> then a letter to
+ place a macron over that letter, such as <em>ē</em>.</p></item>
+ </list>
+ <p>For more compose key sequence, see <link
+ href="">the
+ compose key page on Wikipedia</link>.</p>
<section id="ctrlshiftu">
- <title><keyseq><key>Ctrl</key><key>Shift</key><key>u</key></keyseq></title>
+ <title>Code points</title>
+ <p>You can enter any Unicode character using only your keyboard with the numeric
+ code point of the character. Every character is identified by a four-character
+ code point. To find the code point for a character, find the character in the
+ character map application and look in the status bar or the <gui>Character
+ Details</gui> tab. The code point is the four characters after <gui>U+</gui>.</p>
+ <p>To enter a character by its code point, hold down <key>Ctrl</key> and
+ <key>Shift</key>, type <key>u</key> followed by the four-character code
+ point, then release <key>Ctrl</key> and <key>Shift</key>. If you often use
+ characters that you can't easily access with other methods, you might find
+ it useful to memorize the code point for those characters so you can enter
+ them quickly.</p>
<section id="layout">
<title>Keyboard layouts</title>
+ <p>XXXXX: write keyboard layouts page, link</p>
+ </section>
+ <section id="im">
+ <title>Input methods</title>
+ <p>XXXXX: write input methods page, link</p>