9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2011 9:32 AM by Tom Gewecke
Norisouro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an iPad (1) and use iOS 4.3.5. Is there an easier Way of using ASCII Characters than having to use the "copy-Paste" procedure? If not, can we expect to see the feature of entering the ASCII code straight through the standard keyboard soon?


iPad, iOS 4.3.3
  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (28,090 points)

    What characters are you trying to enter? Many special characters can be entered by touching and holding keys on the standard keyboard (or one of the many language keyboards).

     

    Regarding new features: this is a user forum, no one here has knowledge of Apple's future plans.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,380 points)

    Norisouro wrote:

     

    . Is there an easier Way of using ASCII Characters than having to use the "copy-Paste" procedure?

     

    You need to give some details about what it is you want to do, because ASCII Characters are what are already on the keyboard.  It is non-ASCII that you might need to copy/paste.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII

     

    I think you can be sure that Apple is never going to include a feature in iOS that has you input special characters by typing in numbers like Windows does it.  Mac's have always used a different approach.

  • Norisouro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tom, thanks for the quick attention. I want to use some special characters like the ones for registered trademark, copy right, Greek letters like mu, math symbols like equal or bigger/smaller, etc.

  • Norisouro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Also to you thanks, Jim. I had first answered to you, but I do not know why my response was not posted. Please refer to the answer I gave Tom.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,380 points)

    Norisouro wrote:

     

    I want to use some special characters like the ones for registered trademark, copy right, Greek letters like mu, math symbols like equal or bigger/smaller, etc.

     

    I think you will have to use an app like Cymbol or Unicode Map.

  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (28,090 points)

    For those characters you will have to use copy/paste for now.

     

    However, if you are using a word processor like Pages with Find and Replace capabilities a way to simplfy this process is to type a unique character or character string for each of your special characters and then later do a Replace All of these which what you want.

     

    For example:

     

    >= for ≥

    <= for ≤

    tm for ®

     

    etc.

  • Norisouro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for the help, It Works. Agile it is still a bit awkward.

  • Norisouro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for hint with the apps. Cymbol seems to work best for me. at least other applications like Pages recognize what is on the clipboard. Ideally, I was hoping for a way to e.g. include a customized keyboard into the general keyboard selection under the configuration of the iPad, so that one would have those characters available in any application without having to copy and paste, just like the Greek Keypad, which I found that helps to enter the Greek characters if necessary as one can switch from one international keyboard to another at any time. thanks again!

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,380 points)

    Norisouro wrote:

     

    I was hoping for a way to e.g. include a customized keyboard into the general keyboard selection under the configuration of the iPad

     

    That's not possible (you can't add either keyboards or fonts to an iOS device yet), but there are some apps that let you make a custom keyboard that can be useful for some purposes:  Unicode Map and UniKey.