I've been looking for a decent Unicode widget that allows access to some of the weirder characters like ✓ and ✗.

Does such a beast exist? I've tried a few and all of them seem kind of limited... Also, Apple's built-in character viewer doesn't indicate anything like HTML escape code or even Unicode number, I'd use that otherwise.

These ones I've tried:

  • Most people would use the Character Viewer for this. Is there a reason that does not meet your needs? Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 21:11
  • @TomGewecke -- Biggest reason is that it doesn't list HTML escape codes.
    – aendra
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 8:23
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    PS When composing html it is normally much better to use the real characters and utf-8 encoding instead of escape sequences intended for the 1990's when everything was in ascii. Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 13:10
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    Character Viewer doesn't even show code points by default anymore. They are shown in the sidebar if you enable the Unicode category though.
    – Lri
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 13:45
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    The main reason is that escape codes in general are not legible by humans who have not memorized them, so that it makes editing of source code much more difficult. Also perhaps just the fact that it represents a technique intended for a much earlier stage of ascii-only web technology and thus might mark the site author as not very up-to-date. Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 15:49

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I couldn't find one, unfortunately. If you know the codes (which you can easily find from the web) you can enable the Unicode Hex input from System Preferences>Language and Text>Input Sources (it's near the bottom). That way, when you hold ALT, you can enter a Unicode symbol number for that symbol to appear.

Example: ALT+270E enters a ✎ pencil.

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