Ever want to use the degree symbol instead of typing the word "degree"?
With "Numlock" ON. hold down the alt key and type 0176 (USING THE KEYPAD).
On Sat, 22 Dec 2007 11:27:54 -0800, with neither quill nor qualm,
"Edward Hennessey" quickly quoth:
Why not just use the built-in Windows Character Map?
Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Character Map
But first figure out what font you use in Usenet. I use Courier
because of its easy reading and monospace (fixed-width) style. (When
someone posts an ascii graphic, I can see it right away.)
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous
delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
--e e cummings
Of course -- there are other problems which can result from
this. That is part of an extension to the ACSII character set (the
standardized part is all with the parity bit clear, and the character
which you generated has the parity bit set. (Octal code 260 for that,)
With a plain ASCII terminal set to ignore parity (as is common)
that would display as '0' (the numeral zero).
With various other systems (including Windows boxes with
different charactersets selected, including different national
charactersets), it is possible that you will get other characters
And to *generate* the character on different keyboards, and
different systems, you use different methods. For example, on a Sun
keyboard, you hit the "compose" key, followed by an underscore '_',
followed by either an upper case 'O' or a lower-case 'o'. (Yes, they
both generate the same character.
Interestingly enough, the character 'º' in *my* system is a
different code -- octal 272, decimal 186, or hex BA. *That* shows as
the degrees symbol in my eiditor, while what you entered displays in the
editor as \260, the code for part of the non-printable range. It *does*
show as you intended in the email client and pager, but not in the
editor which I use.
It is for reasons like this that I normally avoid posting to
usenet using *any* character beyond what is found on the keycaps. That
way, I know that everyone will see it the same.
When I post -- I want *everyone* who is interested to be able to
read what I've posted -- not to show off tricks at the keyboard for
generating characters outside the range of standard 7-bit ASCII.
Gee, guys, I didn't mean to stir up a hornets nest on this! I just
thought this was way for me to dress up my own Turbocad drawings, Excel
spreadsheets and Word documents.
I meant the information for those who aren't already as advanced as
you guys are.
"spaco" wrote: Gee, guys, I didn't mean to stir up a hornets nest on this!
Don's post was not a slam at you--it was a very helpful admonition to people
like me, who learn a little, and find themselves worse off.
Be aware too that the IBM extended ascii character set may not display as
intended on computers of recipients living in countries outside the USA (for
the reasons Don mentioned). My experiences with this date to the 1980's but
it caused me to just get out of the habit of using the extended ascii set.
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