Sorting it all Out Michael Kaplan's random stuff of dubious value Be sure to read the disclaimer here first!
People ask all the time how they can type in random Unicode data.
Some people point out the vast array of supported Keyboard Layouts on Windows.
Others point out how you can create your own keyboards with MSKLC.
Still others talk about fancy things you can do with the numeric keypad.
And then still others like to go on about typing a code point value in Word, highlighting it, and then hitting <Alt+X>.
Personally, I like to just install the Unicode IME, first added for Traditional Chinese in Windows 2000 and available in every version of Windows since then. Just install it:
and then it will be on your list of available input languages....
Simple to use -- just switch to it with <Left Alt+ Shift> and start typing hex numbers in any application....
and then when you type a full Unicode code point, it will commit the character automatically!
A very cool stealth feature available in all even moderately recent versions of Windows! :-)
This post brought to you by "Ʒ" (U+01b7, a.k.a. LATIN CAPITAL LETTER EZH)A character that was feeling a little cheated by the small post it ended up sponsoring earlier -- thus the second sponsorship!
I have a regular reader who is kind of fond of the blog. She admits to skimming it regularly, kind of
I'm on Win XP Pro SP2 + all updates. There is no version of Chinese in the list of available languages. What am I doing wrong, please?
[e-mail address removed]
Sounds like somethng for the Suggestion Box (link over on the right side)?
Well, I found out how to install Chinese on my XP system but, having done so and rebooted the thing simply doesn't work in any application I have: IE7, Wordpad, Outlook Express etc.
Also, how do you hold down the Alt key and type an "E" *without* invoking the current program's Edit menu? (See the examples where the hex value 00E is entered)
Please, is this an April Fool or what?