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Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems.

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Smart Keyboard like Unicode character with built-in functionality such as iPhone shortcut? [closed]

To reduce screen footprint, I need to shorten date and timestamp. Example is January or shortest as Jan is more ambiguous compared to single character ㋀ for Chinese literates. I prefer built-in ...
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How to find invisible characters in macOS Music app song tags?

I have discovered in my macOS Music app library that I have tracks/songs whose song titles include hidden special Unicode/ASCII characters. I can see this because they look like incorrect letter ...
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Pink heart emoji not showing on Monterey

The pink heart emoji doesn't render on my iMac with Monterey. This emoji was introduced in Unicode 15.0 in 2022, which is after the initial release of Monterey (October 25, 2021). Can I update the ...
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Strange characters appeared while writing a message on iOS

I was writing a message on AirBnB(iOS app) and quickly pressed the thumbs up(at least I think) and smiley face(U+1F60A) emoji But instead got this output on the text box: Looks like letter 'A' in a ...
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With "Unicode Hex Input", the code for lower-case "pi" (03C0) doesn't work [duplicate]

I'm trying to type "pi" (unicode 03C0) via the Unicode + Hex Input setup. That generally works fine; like when I hold down the option key and type 2014, I get the emdash character (like this:...
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Unicode woes on a MacBook Pro

While using a MacBook Pro, I set the keyboard to US and Unicode. When I try inputting a Unicode set holding down Opt, I only get 4 separate characters. For example, if I enter 2621 holding down the ...
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Conversion script for Unicode combining characters?

I have Greek text that used combining characters for all accented letters. Some process that I was using with it converted these automatically to the single character equivalent.  This causes a ...
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Why does the "w" command display bash's arguments as "ÿ¿"?

The venerable w utility reports who's logged on, what processes they're running, etc. Why does it print two non-ascii characters, apparently as the (nonexistent) args for bash? In iTerm2 they render ...
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How can I type in the avogadro constant ("N" with subscript "A")?

I can't find a way to type in a subscript "A" into the keyboard. Could not find any unicode character for it and could not find a unicode character for "N" with an "A" as ...
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Sublime Text Multilingual Unicode Rendering

I've been using Sublime Text for years and noticed that the rendering of Devanagari unicode characters doesn't work. Has anyone figured a way to make this work? I haven't noticed any problem rendering ...
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How to input characters with HEX codes ending with "0"?

I've recently upgraded to Monterey, and while I normally use the Unicode HEX keyboard to input accented/special characters, it ignores characters whose codes start and end with "0", making ...
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Keeping ampersand & in filenames when extracting zip files

I want to copy my Google Drive folders to an external USB. Google prepares a zip file for me but if I extract that zip file, the & character in filenames are replaced with _. I don't want such a ...
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How do I type a Unicode special space characters without installing the Unicode Hex Input Keyboard?

I want to type zero-width space, Unicode U+200B; and also thin-space U+202F or hair-space U+200A (to achieve emphasis where I do not have control of the letter-spacing through CSS). I prefer not to ...
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View unmodified bytes of a filename on APFS

How do I view the bytes of a filename as it’s stored an APFS volume (i.e. without going through Unicode normalization)? Context: I migrated an old iTunes library to a new Music.app library, and ran ...
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How to type the micro sign μ on Mac? [duplicate]

I frequently find myself googling "micro sign" when I need to type the micro sign μ. Is there an easier way? How can I type this sign using my keyboard? I am on macOS Monterey using the ABC ...
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Is there a way to modify the glyphs inside of Special Characters & Emoji?

Okay, so like, I'm aware the Character Viewer (⌘ + ⌃ + space) is displaying a system index of the full supported Unicode set of chars. Z My question is, is there a way I can take a glyph I've created ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to close the Character Viewer popup window?

I have some unicode characters that I like to use. In most programs there is a keyboard shortcut Command+Control+Space to show this window. But then if hit Command-W, I will close the app's main ...
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How can I stop iOS from substituting emoji icons for some Unicode characters? [duplicate]

On iOS I'm getting bizarre (and mostly goofy) icon glyphs substituted for the glyphs that I expect — and see as expected on macOS — for many fonts. For example, if I enter a "Black Right-Pointing ...
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Searching for emoji and symbols

I've recently upgraded my macos from a very old version to Catalina. In the old days, if I wanted to enter a special character such as a mathematical symbol, I would hit ctrl-CMD-space to bring up the ...
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Easily Type Esperanto ^ characters using x convention on iPhone

As some of you may know, Esperanto has several characters that have diacritics: ĉ, ĝ, ĥ, ĵ, ŝ, and ŭ. None of these characters are available in the standard iOS 13.6 keyboard (what I am using ...
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How do I type an acute accent on the Russian PC keyboard layout?

I need to write an acute accent over over a Russian letter to indicate stress. Google tells me to switch to QWERTY, hold the letter key and select the accented one. This types a U+00E9 LATIN SMALL ...
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Unicode character for Apple special keys?

Mac keyboards have some unique symbols on their modifier keys such as Cloverleaf and Option. What are the Unicode values for character representations of these symbols?
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Where can I see the full key-to-character mapping for a language-specific keyboard?

I'd like to know which character is output from which key, including with modifiers like ⌥ ⌘ ⇧ ⌃, including the character and its Unicode number. Only the primary characters appear on my physical ...
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Changing character encoding from Unicode to Ascii

I need to convert the character encoding in some text files created by a third-party app on my MBP Catalina 10.15.6. I'm in unfamiliar waters here, so please indulge my ignorance. Also, please note ...
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How can I do a batch conversion of HTML entities to Hanzi?

I have a huge .txt file which contains lots of HTML entities representing Unicode characters, like this: 哀牢山 In Pinyin, this would read "Ai Lao Shan" or &...
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Why can't I see subscript "s" (Unicode Character “ₛ” (U+209B)) even though I can see lots of other unicode characters?

So you can copy paste even if you can't see it - subscript "s" (Unicode Character “ₛ” (U+209B)) My main meta question Should I edit the squares in this title? Is it just me who's seeing them?...
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Can I update my emoji set without updating my operating system?

I'm on OS 10.12, and because of some legacy software I'm running, I can't upgrade. I have access to most emoji, but some of the newer icons, like 🥰, display as blank (e.g. in Messages) or as a box ...
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How can I enable Safari 13.1 (Catalina) to render specific unicode characters?

Since upgrading to macOS Catalina (10.15.4) I realized that Safari (13.1) can no longer render my lovely black truck(⛟). If I inspect this element in the developer console or copying the character ...
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List of Unicode version support by macOS version

I'm looking for a list of supported Unicode versions by MacOS version. Does such a list exist? To be specific: I like to understand which code points and code blocks are supported in the "Character ...
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What is this fancy L with a curl on top, and how could I type it?

I have encountered a very strange, L like letter that I couldn't found in the ASCII table, nor in the Greek alphabet. Do you have any idea what this could be, and what its name is? I would like to ...
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Unicode character U+273F rendered as a cherry blossom in browser but not in applications

I would like to copy/paste the unicode character U+273F (black florette). Whenever I see it in my browser it looks like a cherry blossom: However, whenever I copy/paste it into an app, I get a ...
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How to create certain two-character items with the Unicode Hex keyboard?

With Unicode Hex Input, I can put glyphs with Unicode values of more than two bytes into my documents by entering four bytes with leading zeroes. Flag emoji (and other things) are defined as the ...
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How to stop Terminal from using special characters?

When I'm using arguments with quotes in the Terminal, the quote is first highlighted and then changes to a special character when certain characters are entered after it. For example trying to type "...
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Windows users can see a strange letter (a white dot on black background) on text originally typed on a MacBook

I and my colleagues happened to see a strange letter appearing randomly in texts typed by another colleague who uses a MacBook and with the "Simple Telex" input method used for their keyboard setting. ...
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Symbols appear instead of letters/numbers when typing on Mac

Im using a Mac book air and when I try to type something, random weird symbols appear instead of texts. The symbols "Œ„´‰ˇÁ¨ˆØ∏" appear when I try to type "qwertyuiop". I had already found a solution ...
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What the difference and usage of encodings UTF-8 and UTF-8-MAC in iconv?

What the difference and usage of encodings UTF-8 and UTF-8-MAC in iconv? I thought it was the difference between \n and \r(MAC OS 9) at first. But I tried iconv -f UTF-8 -t UTF-8-MAC filename > ...
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Zero-width characters embedded in phone number whenever they are copied from the macOS address book

Whenever I use Contacts.app to fill out a form on a website, I have a problem with any phone number field. Contacts.app adds unicode "left-to-right override" (U+202D codepoint: E2 80 AD in UTF-8 ...
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Why do some characters are not displaying correctly in this website?

If I go to this website: https://www.w3schools.com/charsets/ref_utf_misc_symbols.asp I can see some of the first glyphs, but later down the page most are missing. In their place, I can only see the "...
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HighSierra MacOS Input Sources and Input Menu Unicode Keyboard Bugs

I have an occupational need for about seven different keyboards including US, Greek Polytonic, Classical Hebrew, Ethiopic, Semitic Transliteration, and extended Latin keyboards (college professor). ...
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Display emoji faces for correct & wrong commands in terminals

I want to customize my terminal to display emoji faces, showing sad face for wrong command and happy face for right command that I enter. Is there any way that I can do this using my terminal bash. ...
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Combining diacritic marks don't work in iCloud Pages?

Here is what it looks like if I type an "e" followed by an acute accent combining character, in macOS Pages (and in most good text editing programs). Here's what happens in iCloud Pages. I sent ...
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Is it possible to to type 16 bit unicodes with Unicode Hex Input?

I want to be able to type Unicodes that have more than 4 digits, such as 𝄞 (1D11E) or 𝄢 (1D122), but macOS only registers the first 4 digits and types the wrong character. I know on windows this can ...
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missing unicode character

I am searching the Unicode character &#x23FB in Apple's character table. I cannot find it, even though it has been introduced in Unicode 9. I seached the whole unicode tables on the mac. The ...
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Type checkmark emoji without variant form

I use Notes on my iphone and mac. When I type an emoji checkmark on the mac it is text-sized (✔). However, when I type on my iphone and then view on my mac, the checkmark is larger (✔️), and increases ...
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Display single double width chars in iterm3

I have a battery-emoji in my prompt when the laptop is on battery power. Because this is a double width char and iterm has issues with it, my prompt is broken. One char after the prompt sign is ...
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Unicode subscript characters do not display

None of my apps including Chrome, TextEdit, and MacVim can display the unicode character subscript t shown here -> ₜ Example text: graph Gₓ at time Uₜ The subscript x displays fine but not the ...
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iOS: How can I view more Unicode?

I would like to be able to view more Unicode characters on my iPhone—specifically, more mathematical operators and symbols. Most of these are not visible on iOS and either appear blank or as a ...
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How to find shortcut keys (⌘⌥⇧⌃) in Unicode popover?

How do I find the keyboard shortcut Unicode characters in the popover launched by ⌃ ctrl ⌘ cmd Space (not sure of the official name, but I’m referring to the “emoji picker”)? Note that the ⌃ I’m ...
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Unicode fonts not stacking correctly (especially Kokonor)

Correctly formatted Tibetan text, when pasted into Word, especially using the Kokonor font, does not stack correctly. Is there a solution or workaround to this?
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Typing five-digit Unicode

Does macOS have a way to enter Unicode characters with more than four hex digits? The flags, for example, are ligatures, each with two five-digit code points. They are supported by macOS fonts, ...
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