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A table of special Apple symbols and their values System
Below is a table of symbols used in OS X menus to represent special and modifier keys; read on for how to create them in OS X, and for use in HTML and Javascript.

Delete Right23268998
Delete Left232B9003
Left Arrow21908592
Up Arrow21918593
Right Arrow21928594
Down Arrow21938595
Page Up21DE8670
Page Down21DF8671
Apple SymbolF8FF63743

Note that some of the glyphs may not render on other platforms if a Unicode font is not installed, but they should work on any Mac.

Here's how to create these symbols on your keyboard in OS X:
  1. Basic setup; to be done once:
    • Open the International preference panel in System Preferences
    • Under the Input Menu tab, check the Unicode Hex Input box
    • Check the Show input menu in menu bar checkbox. The Input Method Menu Extra will appear as a national flag in the top right of your screen.
  2. Click the flag and select U+ Unicode Hex Input
  3. Hold down Option while entering the hexadecimal value and the symbol appears
To use these symbols in HTML:
  • Prefix a decimal value with &#
  • Prefix a hexadecimal value with &#x
  • Suffix with a semicolon, ;
To use these symbols in Javascript, prefix the hexadecimal value with u.

[robg adds: The table above is my work, so I apologize for any errors I made in modifying the original submission.]
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Strange Shift Symbol
Authored by: googoo on Nov 08, '07 07:58:56AM
I have never seen that shift symbol. There is not an ASCII equivalent to the symbol I see the menus, but it is closest to ⇑, which is decimal 8657 and hex 21D1.


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Re: Strange Shift Symbol
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Nov 08, '07 10:43:28PM

If you're using a Gecko-based browser, the shift symbol won't appear correctly in robg's table. The right code values are present, though.

As an aside, anyone can work around that bug by specifying Osaka as the font when marking up those symbols (and others; using Osaka will also fix the card suit characters) in HTML code. Thankfully, bug is fixed in version 1.9 of Gecko, coming in Firefox 3, Camino 2, SeaMonkey 2....

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Re: Strange Shift Symbol
Authored by: googoo on Nov 09, '07 06:01:10AM

That was it. I was viewing it in Camino 1.5.2. The shift symbol in the original table looks good in Safari.


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More complete table available
Authored by: jweaks on Nov 08, '07 09:28:03AM
A more exhaustive version of this kind of table has been available for 2.5 years on The Macintosh Biblioblog.

[ Reply to This | # ] about 6 years ago?
Authored by: sabi on Nov 08, '07 04:48:24PM
I created a table of these back in 2001.

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A table of special Apple symbols and their values
Authored by: Malesca on Nov 08, '07 01:11:56PM
Javascript addon
Authored by: joelbruner on Nov 08, '07 01:50:40PM

I had a hard time getting the ampersands and special characters not to be taken literally by the blog software for the HTML tip and also for the Javascript it should be \u (backslash-u) we'll see if it can print it this time!

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