Special Characters

PageStream allows you to enter many special characters that are not shown on the keyboard. Your computer comes with a utility to help you locate non-keyboard characters:

Refer to your operating system manual for more information on these utilities.

In addition to the operating system standard way of entering extended characters, PageStream also offers additional ways to enter special characters. Common characters have easy-to-remember mnemonic sequences. To enter a character with a mnemonic sequence, press Shift-Control-D and then type the mnemonic.

You can also enter characters with their Unicode identification numbers. Press Control-D and then type the character number. The full Unicode standard character set cannot be listed here, but many common characters are listed below. They appear by order of Unicode number.

NoteAmiga and Macintosh users, you may also use Control-C to start a mnemonic sequence. Additionally, if the mnemonic sequence does not start with a number, the sequence may be started with just Control-D.

For more information about the Unicode standard character set, please visit the official Unicode web site:

http://www.unicode.org

Some fonts may not have all the characters shown here because each font format supports different characters and because font designers do not always include the same characters in each font. If you are unsure which characters are present in a font, choose the Character item from the Insert submenu of the Type menu to open the Insert Character dialog box and view the characters contained in the font selected.

NoteAmiga Users: Note that Compugraphic fonts generally have many more characters than can be printed to a PostScript printer. In general, all normal keyboard characters in Compugraphic font can be printed, as well as most of those in the following paragraphs.

Exclamation down

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: ! !
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00161

Cent

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: c /
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00162

Sterling

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: L -
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00163

Currency

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: x o
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00164

Yen

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: y -
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00165

Section

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: s e
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00167

Copyright mark

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: c o
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00169

Ord feminine

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: a _
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00170

Guillemot left

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: < <
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00171

Logical Not

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: l n
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00172

Registered mark

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: r m
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00174

Macron

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: - -
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00175

Degree

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: 0 ^
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00176

Plus minus

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: + -
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00177

Mu

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: / u
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00181

Paragraph marker

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: p !
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00182

Ord masculine

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: o _
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00186

Guillemot right

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: > >
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00187

Question down

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: ? ?
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00191

AE ligature

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: A E
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00198

O slash

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: O /
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00216

German double s

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: s s
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00223

ae ligature

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: a e
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00230

Divide

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: / -
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00247

o slash

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: o /
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00248

OE ligature

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: O E
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00338

oe ligature

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: o e
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00339

Florin

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: f -
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00402

Pi

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: p i
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00960

En dash

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: n - (see also smart dashes)
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08211

Em dash

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: m - (see also smart dashes)
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08212

En space

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: n [space]
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08194

Em space

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: m [space]
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08195

Left single quote

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: ' l
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08216

Right single quote

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: ' r
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08217

Left double quote

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: " l
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08220

Right double quote

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: " r
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08221

Dagger

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: l -
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08224

Double dagger

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: l =
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08225

Bullet

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: b u
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08226

Ellipsis

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: . .
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08230

Per thousand

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: % %
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08240

Left single guillemot

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: < a
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08249

Right single guillemot

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: > a
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08250

Trademark

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: t m
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08482

Delta

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: d e
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08710

Radical

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: s r
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08730

Infinity

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: o o
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08734

Approximately equal

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: ~ ~
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08776

Not equal

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: ! =
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08800

Less equal

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: < =
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08804

Greater equal

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: > =
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08805

fl ligature

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: f l
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 63486

fi ligature

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: f i
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 63487

SectionNon-breaking characters
Non-breaking en dash

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: n =
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00132

Non-breaking em dash

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: m =
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 63487

Soft hyphen

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: Control - (dash)
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00134

Non-breaking space

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: Control Space
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 00160

Non-breaking hyphen

Ctrl-C Mnemonic: Control =
Ctrl-D Mnemonic: 08209

 

Special Characters  Section  url:PGSuser/specialcharacters
  created:2006-03-10 16:50:22   last updated:2008-10-08 12:29:28
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User Contributed Comments For Special Characters
Tim Doty wrote...2006-06-27 18:38:24

Some additional mnemonics:

All common fractions can be composed via ctrl-c sequences. E.g., 1/2 is ctrl-c 1 2

Most fonts will have 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4. A few will include thirds, fifths, sixths and eighths (starting at ctrl-d 08531 and going to ctrl-d 08542).

ctrl-c v <number> (ctrl-d 08320 to ctrl-d 08329)
ctrl-c ^ <number> (4 to 9 at ctrl-d 08308 to ctrl-d 08313)

will use special subscripted and superscripted numbers. Note that many fonts don't have these special numbers which are shaped differently than regular numbers. They can be used to compose fractions, especially when combined with

ctrl-c 1 / (ctrl-d 08543)

which puts a superscripted 1 followed by a fraction slash and

ctrl-c / / (ctrl-d 08725)

which is a standalone fraction slash

Some additional symbols for which special superscripted and subscripted variations may exist. With ctrl-c v and ctrl-c ^ there are: + - = ( )

ctrl-c ^ i (ctrl-d 08305)
ctrl-c ^ n (ctrl-d 08319)


There are also some unusual ligatures (if the font has them!):

ctrl-c s t for an st ligature (ctrl-d 64262)
ctrl-c f t for an ft ligature (ctrl-d 64261)
ctrl-c f f for an ff ligature (ctrl-d 64256)

Although I don't believe there is a mnemonic for it, PageStream can also do the ffi (ctrl-d 64259) and ffl (ctrl-d 64260) ligatures if the font has them.

User Contributed Comments For Special Characters