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How do I access ALL possible accented characters (using FrameMaker 4.* and Solaris, for what its worth)?

Uppercase characters mustn't look all stubby and ridiculous
when accented; I don't want to have to remember tons of different key sequences, and I certainly don't want to have to get accents in the right place by manually shifting them about.

A pointer to a definitive help page or pages (or other definitive source) would be the best answer.
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Fonts vary. There is no one definitative set of chars and where they're located. Some fonts have *no* accented chars, others shift the chars around, a code that gives a È (0200) may give a different char in another font. Worse yet, not all fonts have both screen and printer versions that match! TrueTypes will usually render and print the same - most of the time.

I would prepare a simple document that has the code values and the sample character next to it. Then change the font for the document and print. This will give you a handy reference chart you can use to look up fonts. You can easily drop in a single char from the font chart by pressing & holding the <ALT> key while typing in the four character (0xxx) font code on the numeric pad. This works for all programs under windows.

Another conflict is that if you printer has predefined fonts, they may or may not match the chars in your computer. Thus if you want to be sure that the fonts you see on the screen are those that come out on the page you'll have to not use the internal fonts and always download what you're going to use.

Sorry that this isn't a better answer, but there is simply no "law" or standards as to what goes into a font set for the high order ASCII. ASCII is a 7-bit code and for years each vendor has done it "their way".

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Thanks. I got a couple of responses from comp.text.frame,
if anyone wants a look (Thread: `Help with accents, anyone?")
one of which points to quite a good reference card, at
      http://www.netvision.net.il/php/mtype/
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