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kaz2100 12-09-2011 10:09 PM

How to overlay characters in libreoffice writer?

I need to overlay two characters in libreoffice writer. These two characters are somewhat unusual combination.
I need 'O' over several other ones.
I have found strike out lines and 'xxx's

Overlay '|' on 'S' makes something like '$'
Overlay '=' on 'C' and a little tweak makes Euro sign.

I used to do
I used to use LaTeX, without any trouble.

Is it possible?

Closing remark
Thank you in advance.

frankbell 12-09-2011 10:47 PM

Have you looked in the Symbols? In LO, Insert-->Special Character brings up the choices. I'm using the US keyboard and the Euro symbol is in "Special Characters." There's a lot of stuff there.

If you can't find what you want, as a workaround, you could create an image file and insert the image where needed

Nominal Animal 12-10-2011 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by kaz2100 (Post 4546332)
I need 'O' over several other ones.

Use Combining Ring Above Unicode character (U+030A). It looks like t̊ h̊ i̊ s̊ . It is easiest to insert by using the Character Map accessory (a small utility application that is AFAIK included in every Linux distribution by default). It works in all Unicode-capable programs, including the command line if you use an UTF-8 console.


Originally Posted by kaz2100 (Post 4546332)
I used to use LaTeX, without any trouble.

This is your problem. Instead of trying to find a way to satisfy your need, you are trying to find a way to apply your previous solutions to a new situation.

The solution is to use the features available in the Unicode character set, to provide the glyphs you need. Use the Character Map accessory to explore, especially the Combining Diacriticals Unicode blocks.

If you need special symbols that cannot be created using Unicode, then I suggest drawing them as vector elements (for example, in Inkscape, then export as Encapsulated PostScript). The on-screen preview tends to be bit grubby, but print and PDF output looks very nice. However, considering that Unicode has hundreds of combining characters, even things like t⃠ h⃝ e⃣ s⃤ e⃯ , and you c⃮⃕ â̤ n⃬⃑ use more than one combiner, I think you'll find you don't really need to draw any symbols at all, just use Unicode.

DavidMcCann 12-11-2011 12:31 PM

The reason LaTeX allows tricks like that is that it predates Unicode. If you look in Unicode, you may find just the characters you need (after all, they've got "person with ball" and "sideways-turned m"). You can also customise your favourite font by adding characters in Private Use with Fontforge.

kaz2100 12-14-2011 05:46 AM



I tried several unicode tweaks, still I need more combinations and tweaks. I will spend some time with inkscape or ...

Yes, I would like to use LaTeX, but this time, several other non-Penguins also need to work on the file.... Their "latex" is rubber like polymer.

Happy Penguins!

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