Accents & diacritics for gmail

If I want khổng lồ include a name with a diacritical mark, such as Zoë or François, I either have sầu to lớn open up a character map, or an online table of ASCII codes, to lớn find the characters to lớn cut và paste inkhổng lồ my mail.

It would be much easier if there was some sort of drop down box of such characters which I could just grab when I needed them. (FWIW, I mainly use Firefox under Linux.)

What is the easiest way to lớn include such non-English characters in GMail?



I alternate between using Linux (mostly various flavours of Ubuntu on desktops) and MacOS; I often need khổng lồ enter Swedish characters as I work there a lot. The way I handle it is khổng lồ add an additional keyboard in the system settings, then I have an icon in the top menu bar of the main screen where I can select the keyboard I want lớn use. You can change it very easily this way.

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Just watch out you don"t leave sầu it on the foreign language settings when you log out or it may make logging back in difficult if your password contains any of the remapped keys :)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking isn"t không tính phí, or available natively on Linux AFAIK, which you say you are using, though I believe sầu it can run under wine. There are speech recognition packages for linux like Julius though if you wanted lớn pursue this route (though it seems like overkill for this use case alone) OR you could also install Chromium version 11 & add --enable-speech-input to the end of the launcher.

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If you can speak the language, you can use voice recognition. I personally use Dragon NaturallySpeaking when sending emails (French/English). It will take care of including non-English characters in Gmail.

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As of October 2012, GMail includes its own multilingual options which may help here.

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If you tiông xã "Enable input tools" under "Language" in Settings, you will be prompted to lớn choose from a long list of languages and foreign keyboards. In your case, choose the French option with a keyboard symbol next khổng lồ it.

Once this option is enabled, you"ll see an extra inhỏ next khổng lồ the Settings cog in the top-right. In your case, this will have a picture of a keyboard on it, as you"ll have sầu chosen a virtual keyboard earlier.

When you cliông xã it, a virtual keyboard will be displayed from which you can enter foreign characters. Note that you"ll need lớn have sầu focus on the message box you"d normally type in before pressing keys on the virtual keyboard.

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One catch - in my experience, turning on a foreign virtual keyboard also causes GMail lớn map your real keyboard to lớn the foreign key-bản đồ. So QWERTY becomes AZERTY for France etc! Therefore, you"ll probably want to lớn turn off the virtual keyboard when you"re not entering special characters! Thankfully this is a one-cliông xã operation - just cliông chồng the X in the top-right of the virtual keyboard.

(Most of this information originally from http://uk.queryclichồ

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