Bill Hibbert
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accented characters, , symbols, , glyphs, , accents,
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A macro to facilitate the use of accented and special characters or symbols.

It works in OpenOffice Writer so is available for all text documents. It's indispensable if you write in more than one language, and invaluable even if you work only in English (as long as you would like to be able to write résumé or Götterdämmerung or Łódź or use «» or ± or °C in your work without struggling to insert the non-English characters).

There are currently around 180 characters available through a single shortcut key, covering most European languages using a Latin alphabet, and including such oddities as the Turkish dotless ı and the Spanish upside down question mark ¿ and the German double-s ß and the Icelandic thorn Þ and so on. The latest version also includes most upper and lower case Greek letters, and some common mathematical symbols.


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1.0.0 System Independent 3.4 05/10/2008 - 09:37 More information Download


I have installed the extension.
Now, how do I use it?

Al Maloney
Using OOo_Dev_DEV300 on Mac OS X 10.5.5
"Velox Versutus Vigilans"

Al, if you use the 'view all releases' link, you should see a link to a set of release notes which will give you full instructions.

Got it.
It works for me!
Thanks for the great product.
Al Maloney
Using OOo_Dev_DEV300 on Mac OS X 10.5.5
"Velox Versutus Vigilans"

Good idea this plugin ! Works great in writer (although calling the macro on a a newline throw an error), but does not work in calc... Is it possible to get it to work in calc cells ?


Thanks for the positive comment.

I'm sure you understand that it was never designed to be used on a newline (paragraph character?) so throwing an error is pretty much what you'd expect.

It's not possible to get it to work in calc. Unfortunately there's no way to know the current cursor position in calc (it uses completely different code from writer :-( ) so there's no way to find the pair you want to swap.

That said, I think there's another version of this macro somewhere in the extensions. The guy took my idea and built a ton of other stuff around it, including a way of using it in calc. I haven't ever installed the other version - I only found out about it by accident after I'd tidied this up - but if I understand it correctly there's a horrible kludge that allows you to put a third character in as a marker that the macro can search for. I don't need calc myself so have stuck with this version (the other's about a hundred times bigger) but if it's important to you, that may be a better way to go.

Thanks, that works great in writer.
If I have to use it outside of writer I just copy and paste it.

Good news: this works perfectly and is so much faster than inserting special characters from the menus.

Bad news: I already use too many em-dashes, and now they're only 3 keystrokes each.

I appreciate your development of this fine and useful extension.
Having a desire to add another character (℞) using R/ it rendered "BASIC syntax error...".
I expect it was because when inserted the symbol ℞ a box was substituted in its place.
Was that because the font used in the xlat did not support the ℞ prescription take symbol?

Is there a way to introduce it?

I finally understood how to use this extension, thanks to a very kind internet user. I hope the following can help someone else.

I thought that I could type a whole text without the accents and the extension would magiacally accentuate all the words that need to be.


Apparently, the only way to do this mis:

"Just type the two characters to be combined eg and and then, with the cursor immediately after the second one, press the key combination you use to generate the accented character (I ended up using F7 but that’s a matter of personal choice) and the two characters will be replaced with eg ."

With all due respect to the person who create this, the old way is to actually install the virtual French keyboard and, from the English keyboard, switch to the French virtual keyboard and then hit shift and number 2 for the e accute accent! It is a pain to do, but ...!

If the actual macro/extension could actually accentuate all the words that have an followed by an , then and only then I would see the point of using this extension in French.

Note: This extension might be useful for some people in some circumstances.


I am trying to use this in French. Does this work in French?

I have tried everything since there is little instruction on how to use this.

I have highlighted the words or sentence (or not), place the cursor on, before, or after,... and run the macro, using all the options mentioned (permutations).

Very frustrating! But, I thank the person who has created it.


Slightly unkind I thought :¬)

I am the developer of this extension, I am the originator of the idea that underlies it, and I am the 'very kind internet user' who helped pierrejcd resolve his problems.

He clearly failed completely to understand the purpose of the extension, which is to help those who want to work in multiple languages or character sets. It is designed to support this without installing multiple keyboards, without switching virtual keyboards, and without hitting unlikely character combinations such as 'shift and number 2' - all of which he so accurately describes as 'a pain to do'.

For the record: it does work in French, or indeed any other language; the instructions in the download are complete; it works exactly as described.