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Gary -

That's precisely what I think I saw - font substitution occurring automatically, transparently and with absolutely no indication that I could find. This was under Windows 7. I suspect that it's the same under Linux but I haven't checked.

- Robert

On Wed, 3 Oct 2018, Gary Collins wrote:

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:

> Thanks
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.
> Thanks
> /G.
> On Fri, 28/9/18, Regina Henschel <>
> Subject:
Re: [libreoffice-users] insert unicode char in writer
> To:
> Date: Friday, 28 September, 2018, 11:52
> Hi Gary,
> Gary Collins schrieb
am 28-Sep-18 um 11:51:
> > Hi
> > 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
> not
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
> (row
> 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,
> 1E25,
1E2B, 1E96, 0161 (this one i *could* use insert
> special char), 1E6F, 1E0F.
> > Build
> Have you looked, whether Ubuntu has a
> input method? On Windows it
> is possible to
> use
the numpad for direct input, although I prefer the
> U+hexnumber method of LibreOffice.
> Kind regards
> Regina
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