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Cliff Scott wrote:
For those who are interested, it's possible to generate the various
>  special characters by using the U.S. International keyboard. With it,
>  you can use the right Alt key to create those characters, such as ü, á,
>  , £, € etc. The left Alt key works as usual.
Pardon my ignorance, but could you describe how that works or where one would
find out that information? Thanks.

The exact details depend on the operating system. In Linux, there's generally a Personal Settings utility, where you can select the keyboard type. In Windows 7, just click on the Start button and type "language" in the box. One of the items that will be listed is "Change keboards or other input method". In there, select the Keyboards and languages tab and click on Change keyboards. Under English (United States), you will find many different keyboard layouts. You can select multiple keyboards if you wish and select the desired one by clicking on the Keyboard icon on the bar. You can also select keyboards under other languages, such as German, but then you have to select between languages by using the left Alt + Shift keys. If you just want those special characters occasionally, under English (United States), add United States - International. You can, if you wish, delete the original US keyboard. Since this is done at the operating system level, it works for all applications.

I have no idea about Macs.

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