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How to accent words from your US keyboard March 4, 2010

Filed under: Editing,Technology tips — sallyhanan @ 3:15 pm

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Most of the English-typing world uses the QWERTY keyboard, but a problem with this is that foreign words that have been adopted into the English language can’t be accented properly, or can they?

“The QWERTY design is based on a layout designed by Christopher Latham Sholes in 1874 for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to Remington in the same year, when it first appeared in typewriters.” ~ Wikipedia

The QWERTY design has helped out typists a lot, but little things that mattered like umlauts and soft c’s (diacritical marks) weren’t easily reproducible. Since the US international layout came into being, though, this hasn’t been a problem.
To figure out how to add diacritical marks to your words, take a look at Microsoft Office’s list of keyboard shortcuts.

And for those of you who love to know banal words that you will never use unless you are trying to impress, here’s some stuff to add to your arsenal of pride.

Acute accent: á
Cedilla: ç
Circumflex: â
Diaeresis: ü
Grave accent: à
Tilde: ñ



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One Response to “How to accent words from your US keyboard”

  1. semmie Says:

    Actually, I was just wondering how to make an Accent Ague! Thanks for this one, Sally!

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