Special characters: Shortcuts to insert symbols and other special characters
I don’t remember the HTML entity names for special characters. How does Wikipublisher help?
Sample of an early modern Roman typeface
Some people find it easy to remember that the HTML for ™ is the ™ entity. Unfortunately, the less often we use a special character, the more easily we forget how to reference it. There are several ways around this problem, including:
Wikipublisher uses the second approach, on the basis that many authors already use the character combinations when writing plain text. For example, it is common practice to write “Windows (tm)” when we mean ™, so Wikipublisher interprets (tm) to mean the ™ entity. Similarly, it is common practice to write (c) and (r) for © and ® respectively (the © and ® entities). Wikipublisher also supports the upper case variants (TM), (C) and (R).
Other common practices are to write -> and <- when we mean → and ←. From time to time, we may write <-> or <--> to mean ↔. Readers may like to guess which set of characters produces the horizontal ellipsis (…) mark… It’s 3 full stops (...) of course. Alert readers may also have noticed that the single straight quote in “
Em dashes are easy — 2 single hyphens (--) generate the — entity. The en dash (meaning “to”) is generated automatically for number ranges separated by a hyphen, such as 2005–2008. Writers can also tell Wikipublisher to generate the – entity by writing
Dating from the time when PmWiki enabled Wiki Words by default, the backtick character (
The most unusual backtick usage is
Maybe you need minutes and seconds (or feet and inches) — the single and double prime marks. Use repeated quote marks: