Re: keyboard input of arbitrary characters

Subject: Re: keyboard input of arbitrary characters
From: Randy Kramer (
Date: Fri Apr 27 2001 - 08:00:50 CDT

In previous versions, Word allowed/supported the <alt> numeric keypad
entry of any ASCII character, but that feature does not exist in Word
97, and I'm not sure whether it was in Word 95. That, or some similar
simple method to enter the unusual characters is helpful.

Eventually, I hope the setup of all keyboard shortcuts is configurable
in AbiWord (maybe it is already?). Word (97) does not allow you to
configure every keyboard shortcut, and they've defined some shortcut
keys with each of the "standard" key prefixes (<alt>, <ctrl>,
<alt><ctrl>, <alt><shift>, and <ctrl><shift>, -- all except (IIRC)
<alt><ctrl><shift>), so it's hard for a user to set up a consistent
prefix for defining all of his own custom shortcuts (unless he has a lot
of fingers). If not all shortcut keys are configurable, maybe we can
reserve a "namespace" (like <alt><ctrl>) for a user's custom shortcut
keys. (Although I'm sure, when we consider the space of all existing
defined shortcut keys, including vi, emacs, ..., we will not be able to
find any simple combination that is not already commonly used by some
group of users because it is used in their favorite program.)

Just my $.02
Randy Kramer

Matthew Kirkwood wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Paul Rohr wrote:
> [ sorry to reply over you, Paul ]
> > At 10:15 PM 4/26/01 +0200, Mike Nordell wrote:
> > >I might start this post by saying that I've since got confirmation that this
> > >is a x86 PC BIOS feature, that we currently in AW (simply because of
> > >oversight) do not support.
> The BIOS does provide this, but no current PC OS uses the BIOS
> keyboard services. It may be that Windows also provides it.
> Matthew.

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