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Typing special characters in Windows applications using ANSI codes

Posted by Howard Silcock on 3 March 2010

You can use ANSI codes as a quick and easy way to type common accented letters and special characters in Windows applications. The trouble is, you either have to memorise the codes or keep looking them up—which is harder than it needs to be, because the tables contain many codes you’ll never need (including codes for everything you can type directly) and the symbols aren’t grouped at all logically but in the numerical order of the codes. So I created my own table, listing just the codes I thought I might use and setting them out in a way that I find logical. Read the rest of this entry »

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