making diacritics (on my Mac)

Clough, Bradley Bradley.Clough at MSO.UMT.EDU
Fri Dec 17 05:36:46 UTC 2010


1.) Under Systems Preferences: select Language and Text, then Input Sources, then Keyboard and Character Viewer (make sure it is on); then go down the list and select US extended (you will also see that you can use devanagari and gujarati etc). This enables the diacritics with only one extra stroke.

2) On the top bar on your screen, make sure the US flag has little u under it indicating US extended.

3) This enables the Option key to add extra strokes. For example, a long vowel stroke is Option A plus the letter (this will give you the stroke over any letter); a dot under a letter, for example, is Option X plus the letter (this will give you the dot under any letter); for the diacritic over the s (sh) for example, hit Option E plus letter; others include Option n and Option W for dots over a letter etc.

option + a = ¯   then add any letter lower case or upper case
option + e = ´
option + n = ˜
option +w = ?
option + x = .

Best Wishes,

Bradley S. Clough (bradley.clough at
Assistant Professor of Asian Religions
Liberal Studies Program
LA 101
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812

-----Original Message-----
From: Indology on behalf of Arlo Griffiths
Sent: Thu 16-Dec-10 8:58 PM
Subject: [INDOLOGY] making diacritics (on my Mac)
Sorry, for asking help about mundane issues such as the following: 
In Luis González-Reimann's last posting, I admired his ability to produce r with subscript circle. I haven't yet found a way to make this combination (let alone the corresponding long vocalic r, or accented ones for Vedic) on my Mac with any of the inbuilt fonts/keyboards. Is there a way?
I am also looking for a way to make the candrabindu on top of an m. Is there any simple way to do so or must one work with specific Indological fonts and keyboards?
Finally, I'd like to make a tilde (~) on top of an m. This would seem to be an easy one, but the usual key combination for placing tilde on top does not yield the desired result when used with m in the U.S. Extended Keyboard. Does anyone know a solution?
Of course I'd be happiest if I could do all of the above tricks in one font and keyboard and still be able to make the usual diacritics too.
Thanks again,
Arlo Griffiths (EFEO/Jakarta) 		 	   		  

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