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Another way to enter special characters
Authored by: Balthamos on Feb 18, '11 01:32:09PM

+1 to Latex.

However, you do know that the default US keyboard has access to all sorts of characters, albeit not every character you may need.

It has built-in support for dead keys (,,), along with Greek () and other commonly used symbols (like , , , etc.) by utilizing the Option and Option+Shift modifier(s).

To look at them, open up the Keyboard Viewer via the Input menu (you may need to enable it first from Input Sources in Lang & Text Sys Prefs). Now hold down Option or Option + Shift. You can see what keys input what symbols, with the dead keys in orange. Of course, you could view this in Ukelele (which is a nice program, by the way) and manipulate them to your hearts desire, but it is nice to know how to input special characters using the standard layout.

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