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Input non-Roman characters on iPhone OS 3.0's keyboard iOS devices
I discovered this by accident on my iPod touch. When entering text, hold down one of these keys...

A C I L N O S T U Y Z

...to open a submenu allowing you to choose a modified (with accent, umlaut, etc.) version of that character.

[robg adds: This is mentioned in the iPhone User Guide (11MB PDF), but not in detail. There are extra characters on the two symbol keyboards as well -- nearly every symbol is available in at least two forms, but the following keys have additional extra characters in their pop-up definitions: . ? ! ' - $ " % _. If I've missed any, please post!]
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Input non-Roman characters on iPhone OS 3.0's keyboard
Authored by: shrek on Jun 22, '09 08:00:06AM

This was already available in at least iPhone OS2 software maybe even on the original iPhone.



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Input non-Roman characters on iPhone OS 3.0's keyboard
Authored by: Daemon on Jun 22, '09 08:07:17AM

Technically, the Roman letters with accents or other diacritical marks are not ASCII symbols, but they are still Roman symbols.



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Input non-Roman characters on iPhone OS 3.0's keyboard
Authored by: OverZealous on Jun 22, '09 08:52:17AM

I don't think the _ has extra characters (at least, mine doesn't), but & -> §.



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Input non-Roman characters on iPhone OS 3.0's keyboard
Authored by: Clint MacDonald on Jun 22, '09 09:27:13AM

Hold down "0" (that's "zero") and you get the degree symbol ("°").



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Not a hint
Authored by: sredlums on Jun 22, '09 09:41:21AM

I don't want to be snobby, but this should not have made it on to this website.
Come on, this has been possible, well known and well documented for ages...



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Not a hint
Authored by: Stormchild on Jun 22, '09 11:20:09AM

Agreed, this is a poor excuse for a "hint". This feature has been in the keyboard from day one, nearly two years ago. Some additional characters have been added in 3.0, but that's about it.

Also, typography 101: what you call "Roman" characters (they are actually Latin characters; "Roman" means upright as opposed to Italic) don't become "non-Roman" (i.e. non-Latin) by adding accents to them. See the "Latin" and "Accented Latin" sections in your OS X Character Palette for reference.



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Not a hint
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jun 22, '09 12:53:11PM
Really? Is it that hard on you guys to see a post here that doesn't meet your own particular threshold of hintness? Does it ruin your day? Fill up your interwebs? I'll admit the hypocrisy of meta-complaining, but good grief.

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Not a hint
Authored by: SuperCrisp on Jun 22, '09 03:41:34PM

I resemble that remark! Nyuk nyuk nyuk....



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Input non-Roman characters on iPhone OS 3.0's keyboard
Authored by: MJCube on Jun 22, '09 11:51:05AM
I tend to agree with the above detractors about this "hint".

By the way, the alternative forms of non alphanumeric characters are usually used in Chinese, Japanese & Korean. They are the "Fullwidth Forms" in Unicode. I don't see the point in including them on the English keyboard, but maybe somebody has a use for them that I don't.

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Input non-Roman characters on iPhone OS 3.0's keyboard
Authored by: robogobo on Jun 22, '09 04:03:24PM
Yes, this was well known by many, but unless it was already on macosxhints, it's fair game. That's why this site exists, for people who don't know, not for those who already do know to show off how hip they are by complaining.

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Input non-Roman characters on iPhone OS 3.0's keyboard
Authored by: CajunLuke on Jun 22, '09 04:35:55PM

Also, the numbers will pop up to Spanish ordinal numbers: 1° and 1a (the a is supposed to be superscripted).



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Ordinals on Mac
Authored by: MJCube on Jul 30, '09 06:28:15PM

You mean 1º and 1ª. They have always been available on Mac keyboards, on Option-zero and Option-9. What you typed, Shift-Option-8, is the degree sign.



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