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On Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:12:46 +0000
e-letter <> wrote:

On 13/11/2013, Steve Gruspier <> wrote:
 > thinking the "Special Character" section is very cluttered. My
 > feature request is a setting that would narrow down special
 > characters to ones that are used in specific fields such as
 > "Engineering" or "Physics".

Not a good idea; suppose 'ε' has different definitions for different
 disciplines. The dialogue window would have duplicates of each
 "special character" for each field because users would navigate to
the field of personal interest and ignore other fields of knowledge.

Actually, I like the idea. The current Special Characters dialog allows
you to choose a font and a subset. I'm not entirely sure how the subset
is derived (I'm really not that clued up on all the unicode
complexities), but they seem to be just a quick way to navigate the
large, complete list of characters.

It might be more useful to have another dropdown that lets you choose a
custom subset of characters, and only show that subset. Default subsets
could be things like "Engineering", "Maths", etc, and you could design
your own. Each subset would just have a list of which characters to

Sounds simple enough (and useful) to me, and I'm not sure I agree
with e-letter's objection above, but as I said, I don't understand the
complexities of things like how changing the fonts might affect this,
etc, so perhaps there are technical hurdles to this.

Someone with more indepth knowledge care to comment on the feasability
of this?


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