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Re: Entering Unicode characters

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Entering Unicode characters
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:47:31 -0500

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  > I think you are describing how Emacs input method work.  Try this:

  >   C-u C-\ turkish-postfix RET

  > then type i and watch the echo area.

That would work for dotless i (though it would also semipermanently
switch my input method).  But it wouldn't work for (1) nonalphabetic
scripts whose input methods require special knowledge, and (2) special
characters such as ¶.

  > In my case it is OSX and it works like this: you choose a keyboard
  > layout and then by pressing a key you know can have variants for 2
  > secs the list of variants is displayed along with a number under
  > them. You can either use the arrows to select and enter the
  > character or hit the corresponding number.

That seems convenient for characters that are variants of letters,
such as dotless i.

However, there are characters that are not variants of letters.  The
scheme I proposed would be applicable to those sets of characters too.

Dr Richard Stallman
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