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Old 02-25-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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Special Characters - need for critical thinking class


I know how to insert the special character keys by way of the menu in open office however i am a shortcut type of guy. i like my alt-x,c,v,t etc. i am taking a critical thinking class / philosophy and the teach' starts busting out down arrows and diagonal arrows to map arguements..

clicking menu, then blah blah finding the symbol and before i know it class is over... no good enough

i see the codes like U + A0F5 or whatever and i can't get that to enter anything into document. i tried to read help before i bug you people but I can't get anything other than accented letter help.

how do i enter the codes on the keyboard?
or
how do i bind custom key combos for specific symbols?
 
Old 02-25-2010, 11:24 PM   #2
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A quick google search brings up the following links:
http://extensions.services.openoffic...cialCharacters

Also, some characters will be auto-replaced, like (c), (r), 1/2. This isn't as handy as MS or Apple software, perhaps it will be changed in the future.
 
Old 02-25-2010, 11:43 PM   #3
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Do you know of a way to bind those key mappings system wide? For example I have a US Keyboard layout so shift+4 gives me $. Can I bind ctrl+shift+4 to give me and have it work system wide?
 
Old 02-26-2010, 09:22 AM   #4
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Sorry, but I don't. Maybe look for a good keymap? I've never needed to type a lot of special characters, maybe someone else on the forum knows how to set it up like you want.
 
Old 02-26-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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You might be able to use the compose key. You can find out general information on that in this site's wiki. The list of combinations is at

/usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose

This can be copied to $HOME/.XCompose and modified, and then that new table will be used instead of the built-in one. For example, you could add a line like

<Multi_key> <minus> <greater> : "→" U2192

and then you can use "Compose - >" to insert "→"

This will only work if you are using XIM for input. If you are using Gnome, then the default input module is GIM: googling will tell you how to switch (I've forgotten!).

Alternatively, set something like "AltGr ." using xmodmap (see man file) or even by altering /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us or whatever keyboard drive you are using.
 
Old 02-28-2010, 02:39 AM   #6
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You could also try xbindkeys which binds keystroke combos into x. Info here: http://www.nongnu.org/xbindkeys/xbindkeys.html
 
  


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