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Hi Robert
I don't *think* a replacement font is happening  - though i'm no expert. I can start a new text 
document which starts with liberation serif and enter u+a723 followed by   alt+x and get the 
character ok. So unless font substitution occurs automatically, transparently and with absolutely 
no indication, with LO searching all loaded fonts until it finds one with the character...... maybe 
it does that, but it would seem to me to be undesirable because what if more than one loaded font 
had the character, on what basis would the choice be made? Surely, that's something the document 
author ought to decide. But how would the author know that a replacement was necessary at all? Or 
maybe it's different in windows and ubuntu?
I haven't a clue.
On Sat, 29/9/18, Robert Funnell <> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] insert unicode char in writer
 To: "Gary Collins" <>
 Date: Saturday, 29 September, 2018, 16:29
 It looks to me as though U+A723
 is actually not supported by 
 Sans or Serif and that a font replacement is happening, 
 although no font replacements are specified in
 my Options >
 LibreOffice > Fonts. I
 don't know how to identify which font is 
 actually being used for the character. (LO, Windows 7)
 On Sat, 29 Sep 2018, Gary
 Collins wrote:
 for reply,  alt+X is exactly what i need. The font in
 question (liberation sans/serif) as i say  *does* have the
 characters but i still cant seem to get them in the special
 chars dialog.

On Fri, 28/9/18, Regina Henschel <>

 Re: [libreoffice-users] insert unicode char in writer
Date: Friday, 28 September, 2018, 11:52

Hi Gary,

Gary Collins schrieb
 am 28-Sep-18 um 11:51:
I would like to be
able to insert some unicode characters
 into writer doc but
cant find a way to
 do this directly.

 Type U+0161 and then press Alt+X, for example.
Alt+X is a toggle. You 
can use it also to

 look, which code a character has.

Insert special char doesnt seem to be able
find the chars i want, but 
maybe i'm
 doing something right.

The special character dialog works, but
need to know which font has 
a glyph for the

 character. Otherwise the character will not be shown in 
the selection pane.

  I have
a workaround using calc; i can enter the
 hex codes as text
1) and (row 2) use a formula
=UNICHAR(HEX2DEC(A1)) filled acrosd 
adjacent column and finally copy row 2
paste as unformatted text 
into writer. This

 works but is rather longwinded to say the least. It 
does show that its not a problem with the
or with writer's ability 
to display the

 required chars; its just that i'd like a way to enter

them directly into
 the writer documext.
The chars in
 question were hex A723, A725,
 1E2B, 1E96, 0161 (this one i *could* use insert
special char), 1E6F, 1E0F.


Have you looked, whether Ubuntu has a
input method? On Windows it 
is possible to
 the numpad for direct input, although I prefer the 
U+hexnumber method of LibreOffice.

Kind regards

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