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Re: flats and sharps as symbols in a lyric text

From: David Wright
Subject: Re: flats and sharps as symbols in a lyric text
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2019 13:56:20 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

On Wed 06 Nov 2019 at 09:22:28 (+0100), Karsten Reincke wrote:
> Thanks for your comments and discussion. Very helpful!
> @saul: Sorry, for this silly additional question: How do I insert a unicode
> character (for example U+266D) in a lyric text, if I do not have a 
> corresponding
> font etc? Do you have eny example?

This depends on what system you're on and which editor you're typing
into. For example, in emacs you could type ^X 8 Return 266d Return
for ♭ (or you could type ^X 8 Return *flat Tab and it would open a
window with all the Unicode characters with 'flat' anywhere in
their name). Long-winded, but works for any character.

Alternatively, for those you use more frequently, you could define
Compose characters that work in X servers (~/.XCompose containing lines
like <Multi_key> <c> <o> : "©"   copyright # COPYRIGHT SIGN), or ones
that work everywhere in Debian linux (/etc/console-setup/
containing, for example, compose '#' 'b' to U+266d # '♭').

Or you could cut and paste from a screen containing a more well-endowed
font, or even from a systematic table of characters where the chars
are present but not displayed (if your cut/paste will work that way).

Other OSes and editors will have equivalent functions.


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