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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters System 10.5
In English, you generally do not use accented characters. But for those like me, who do not have English as our native language, accented characters are like the air we breathe. Sometimes you have to repeat accented letters to give some kind of emphasis or effect in the text. Suppose, for instance, that you would like to write something like NOOOOOO! in Portuguese; that would be NÃÃÃÃÃO!

In prior versions of OS X, you would have to type the tilde and then the letter "A" for each accented letter you want to repeat. However, at some point during the recent development of Mac OS X, something changed. Now you just type the tilde (or any other accent you want) one time, then press and hold the desired letter. To our joy, Mac OS X is smart enough to automatically repeat the accented character.

If you try that in Windows and other systems, you will find that only the first repeated letter is accented.

[robg adds: For now, I've marked this one as 10.5 only; I no longer have a 10.4 test system in the house. If this works on prior versions, please let me know.]
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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters
Authored by: Elijah M on Nov 13, '08 07:59:43AM

It works in Panther as well.



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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters
Authored by: tempel on Nov 13, '08 08:19:43AM

Odd - doesn't work in 10.4.11:

Did the same test in Tiger and Leopard: pressed "´" char on a German kbd, then hit and hold the "a" key - on Leo it creates lots of "á", on Tiger only one "á", then lots of "a".



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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters
Authored by: tempel on Nov 13, '08 08:22:58AM

And to rule out any suspicions about German keyboards - same happens when pressing Option-u (which should work in other roman languages as well), then holding u.



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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters
Authored by: Ziggy114 on Nov 13, '08 09:32:50AM

Tiger (10.4.11)

English (canadian) kbd - works
German kbd - doesn't work

Interesting...



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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters
Authored by: osxpounder on Nov 13, '08 11:53:06AM

Thanks for that hint! Till now, I've been using Copy and Paste to repeat such characters, which I admit I don't need to do very often. If you have friends on Macs who don't have OSX 10.5, they might like to know they can copy the special character once, then paste, paste, paste, paste, many times.



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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters
Authored by: pepicek on Nov 13, '08 03:54:53PM

It works in Tiger (10.4.11) with an American - Extended keyboard as well.



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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters
Authored by: CBStephenson on Nov 14, '08 09:55:45AM

I wonder if this is a Cocoa feature. At any rate it does NOT work in my old-but-still-good-enough Word V. X (Service release 1).

Works fine in Opal, Safari, iTunes, TextWrangler. Nice hint.



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10.5: Easily repeat accented characters
Authored by: CBStephenson on Nov 14, '08 09:57:52AM

I should have mentioned I was checking the hint under 10.4.11.



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Disabling accented characters
Authored by: andrei.ciorba on Jul 16, '09 02:59:12AM

Sorry if this is not the most adequate location to post such a question, but here it goes:

Has anyone find a way to DISABLE the accented character shortcut involving the option key? I'm using the DefaultKeyBinding.dict file in the user's home folder to define certain unicode characters and their corresponding shortcuts and i need to use the option key. Unfortunately defining a shortcut that involves the option key and the "i" key, which creates the circumflex (^), will give me the circumflex and will wait for the next letter to apply the circumflex to instead of using my defined bey binding.

So is there a way to get rid or remap these default bindings for the option key?



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