I am trying to type the telugu character అ on mac, after switching to the Telugu - QWERTY keyboard that ships with mac.

I would think this would show up as an option when holding down the 'a' key, or holding down shift+'a', but only the character ఆ shows up as an option. Is there an easy way to type this character?


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Just pressing optiona works for me as it produces (TELUGU LETTER A Unicode: U+0C05, UTF-8: E0 B0 85) not (TELUGU LETTER AA Unicode: U+0C06, UTF-8: E0 B0 86) on a MBP with US Keyboard , when set to Telugu - QWERTY for the keyboard layout.

Pressing w on the same keyboard produces also, when set to Telugu - QWERTY for the keyboard layout.

  • Although this is obviously a better way, another is to use Unicode Hex Input
    – WGroleau
    Mar 26, 2021 at 18:39
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    @WGroleau, Since the keyboard layout is already set to Telugu - QWERTY and it works with a key press or two, I fail to see the need to use Unicode Hex Input under the expressed conditions mentioned in the OP and why I didn't even mention it. Mar 26, 2021 at 18:59
  • No one suggested it’s a better way. But it is another way.
    – WGroleau
    Mar 27, 2021 at 0:51

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