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    Re: Character Test - Degree Symbol
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Jun 5, 10:12 +0100

    GregR asked-
    
    I'm wondering if everyone on the list can see the special character for the 
    degree symbol on their end - if so, I think that would be a lot easier to 
    use than the various workarounds (this format - i.e. 180deg 00' - seems to 
    be the favorite flavor du jour).
    
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    Yes, I have no problem in reading that degree symbol, or those, created in 
    different ways, by others. But of course the interest should be in responses 
    from anyone who CAN'T read that symbol properly, and I strongly request 
    that, if that applies to any list member, he should say so promptly. If 
    there are no such responses, I will happily switch away from using "deg" to 
    using "�". (did that come across as a degree symbol?).
    
    It may have been me that was resonsible for starting the trend to using 
    "deg", from my experience of difficulties with a very elderly Mac (1992 
    vintage), which has since been supplanted by a more modern PC laptop.
    
    However, my attempts at using the "character map" haven''t been simple. No 
    problem in finding the character, or copying it, but when pasted into 
    Outlook Express it's always in a larger font, which then sticks to all 
    subsequent typing. I can't see how to adjust the font size created by 
    Character Map, or that being put together in Outlook Express. Can anyone 
    kindly assist here?
    
    The simplest method seems to be that proposed by Gary, who wrote-
    
    "To make the degree symbol hold down the ALT key while typing 167 on the 
    numeric keypad (not the top row of numbers.) If you do not have a separate 
    numeric keypad engage NUMLOCK and use the keys on the keyboard that 
    substitute for a numeric keybard (on my Fusitsu laptop I engage NUMLOCK then 
    do ALT JO7.)"
    
    My cheapo Dell laptop (probably many members use something similar) doesn't 
    have a separate keypad, but does have a key marked "Num Lk", which when 
    pressed turns on or off a green light. But that seems to be all it does. 
    With that light lit, pressing "j " doesn't create the numeral "1" as I would 
    expect, but the usual j. And so, unsurprisingly, Gary's method won't work 
    for me. Can anyone guess what's wrong? Is it a fault, or perhaps more 
    likely, is there some hidden software control that's disabling it? Or am I 
    misunderstanding?
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
    
    
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