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Chapter 8. Fonts and Characters > Inserting Special Characters

Inserting Special Characters

If you can't type characters such as copyright marks or accented vowels directly into the Document window, then how do you get them into Dreamweaver?

To insert special characters onto a Web page

  • You can insert special characters using the Insert bar, the Document window, or a special dialog box called Insert Other Character that lets you point and click. Later in this section, I provide instructions for those tasks.

  • You can paste formatted text from Microsoft Word, and Dreamweaver will convert the tildes, em-dashes, and so on for you (Figure 8.79). (I cannot vouch for all text from other sources, but Dreamweaver and Word have a secret handshake about converting pasted text. Keep a close eye on pasted instances of non-ASCII text; if they are not converted automatically into escape sequences (check the Code inspector or Split view to see), Dreamweaver has some tools you can use to help the conversion. See the upcoming sidebar Converting non-ASCII, Incompatible, Unfriendly Special Characters. See Chapter 10 for more on working with Microsoft Word.

    Figure 8.79. If you paste formatted text from Word into Dreamweaver's Document window using the Edit > Paste Formatted command, your special characters will be converted into HTML code for you.

  • You can type the escape sequences yourself, which is tedious at best, but the job gets done (If you do type them, do so in Code view or the code inspector, or Dreamweaver will convert the characters in the sequence into coded ampersands and angle brackets (see the sidebar, Those Wacky Characters).

  • You can use a Web service, a digital post-it, the Favorites category of the Insert bar, or any other tool to store the ones you most use; in Dreamweaver, these tools include the Snippets panel (Chapter 4), and the Favorites category of the Insert bar.

  • Try saving a copy of the text, either in its source format or in Dreamweaver, as plain text. This often removes offending non-ASCII characters—but not always, so double-check the text you paste for stray cedillas and angstroms. Then, paste the ultra-plain text into Dreamweaver. If the option is available, try saving the text as HTML, and see if the conversions are made. The rest of the HTML can be atrocious—you're just retrieving the special bits.



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