Alt+xxx characters

Rick rufus at
Thu May 8 14:48:37 UTC 2008

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> 2008/5/7 Rick <rufus at>:
>>>> I have a Dell Latitude notebook, but cannot get special characters by
>>>> using the Alt + xxx keys. I read a lot, got advice but no joy.
>>>> Anybody out there to help me??
>>> What special characters do you want? What is your keyboard character
>>> map? You likely need to configure the proper character map.
>> It doesn't seem to work in 8.04, maybe not in Linux at all. Too bad.
>> That's a useful tool. As a workaround, there's a panel applet called
>> character palette. That can be used in between keyboards for
>> multilingual use.
>> Rick
> What doesn't work? You cannot change the character map? You cannot
> find the character map that you need? I don't even know what 'special
> symbols' you are referring to, so please make that clear.
> Dotan Cohen
> א-ב-ג-ד-ה-ו-ז-ח-ט-י-ך-כ-ל-ם-מ-ן-נ-ס-ע-ף-פ-ץ-צ-ק-ר-ש-ת
> A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
> Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
You may not have noticed that the letter about which you are commenting 
is a suggested solution, not the same person repeating the question. I 
understood his problem, because I too use a multiplicity of keyboards 
and sometimes write in another language inside the first or prefer an 
accented spelling instead a standard one.
Rick (AKA אברהם בהוד השרון)

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