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Typing Accents

[á, â, à, å, ã, ä,]

There are only two steps you need to take to start typing accents and diacritical marks on your computer.

  1. Configure your keyboard
  2. Use the proper keystrokes

Windows users, after setting their keyboard IME to US-International, need to use slightly different keystrokes depending on whether they are typing into a word processor, or online, such as on a forum or weblog.

Mac users can skip step 1. The keyboard input for diacritics is incorporated into the OS, although alternate non-qwerty international layouts are optional.

1. Step one: keyboard config

2. Step two: keystrokes
MS windows Windows - MS Word
windows www Windows - WWW
mac OSX Mac

For non-roman character functionality, click here.

Another input option is the ALT key +ASCII number codes for those who don't want to use the U.S.-International keyboard.

For creating webpages, HTML has its own code for representing special characters. A WYSIWYG editor like Dreamweaver will handle this for you, but it's useful for developers to be familiar with them.