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do I type accents for foreign languages?
A: For languages using the roman alpahabet
(French, German, Italian, Spanish, et. al.), follow the instructions
non-roman character functionality, click here.
There are only two steps you need to take
to start typing accents and diacritical marks on your computer.
- Configure your keyboard
- Use the proper keystrokes
Mac users can actually skip step 1. The keyboard input for
diacritics is incorporated into the OS, although alternate
international layouts are optional.
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. Again, Mac users are exempt, and have
only one key sequence to deal with.
Another input option is the ALT key +ASCII number codes for those who don't want to use the U.S.-International
For creating webpages, HTML
has its own code for representing special characters. A good WYSIWYG
editor like Dreamweaver will handle this for you, but it's useful for
developers to be familiar with them.
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