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Fonts & Encodings by Yannis Haralambous

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5.1. Interactive Tools for Entering Unicode Characters

5.1.1. Under Mac OS X

Character Palette

On the menu of keyboards, denoted by a little flag corresponding to the system's active language, we find the entry Show Character Palette. This entry will open a separate window, independent of all other software, that will remain in the foreground. In Figure 5-1 we have a screenshot of the Character Palette. When we select Code Tables in the little menu on the top, the middle section of the window is divided into two parts. On the top is a list of all the blocks in Unicode v.4. When a block is selected, the corresponding characters are displayed underneath.

When the user selects a character, its glyph is displayed in the area which opens through the little triangle next to Character Info. Clicking on the button Insert will insert it into the current document in the active application (which is why the Character Palette does not affect the operation of the other windows in any way).

Once we have selected a Unicode character, we can read its number and its description. In certain cases, the Character Palette gives us "related characters", which are the various canonical equivalents and compatibility equivalents that may exist. The result is astounding: out of love for the fair sex, we have selected the character for the ideographic radical "woman" 0x2F25 . This radical has a compatibility ...

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