Writing special characters… why is this so hard?
Why this topic?I usually don't use Windows (except on my tablet and there I usually don't write a lot ;)) but lately I have been using it quite a lot – for work. And when it comes to writing, I usually try using the correct characters, like the ellipsis (…) or the different dashes (-, – or —). Don't ask me why, I just like using them ;).
The problemNow the problem is, that I am so used to OS X and the comfort of typing those special characters, that I just can't understand why it's such much more difficult when using Windows.
Every time I want to use such a special character, I have to look up the 3 or even 4 digit code that has to be entered in combination with the [Alt] key.
Some examples (I am always using the QWERTZ shortcuts!):
- … on OS X is a simple [Alt] + [.] but on Windows you have to hold [Alt] while pressing , , , .
- – on OS X os also simply [Alt] + [-] and on Windows you have to hold [Alt] and then press  , , .
So on OS X you can just try the [Alt] key in combination with the most logical "base key" but on Windows you have to remember all the number-codes to write special characters. I haven't using Linux in a long time, so I'm not sure how complicated it is there – but my guess is: similar to Windows.
One solution is to just remember the often used codes or always google or copy them… but that's not a real solution.
Unfortunately I have no real solution to this until now. It would be nice to have this as an operating system feature but until then: anyone with a tip for a great application that will provide me with shortcuts similar to OS X?
BTW: a similar problem is with special language characters like æ, ë, ū, … Press and hold on OS X and what about Windows? ;)