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    Re: long s character in old text
    From: Paul Hirose
    Date: 2009 Dec 31, 11:17 -0800

    George Huxtable wrote:
    > I can find my way to the character map, but then, when Paul tells me it can
    > be found "among the Latin letters", I'm not sure exactly where he's
    > referring to, and would welcome some closer guidance.
    
    It crossed my mind to include better navigation directions, but
    unfortunately I didn't. The long s is well hidden. Here's how I get to
    it. In Windows XP, open Character Map. At the bottom, check the Advanced
    View box. When you do that, a drop-down list to select Group By appears.
    Select Unicode Subrange. A little window with a list of Unicode
    subranges appears. Select Latin. Then, back in the main Character Map
    window, find the long s after a set of variants on the Y and Z letters.
    
    Since they're arranged in numeric order, you could also move the mouse
    pointer over the characters, looking for hexadecimal 17F.
    
    Note that the appearance varies depending on which Font you select at
    the top of the Character Map window. For example, in Arial, long s
    simply appears as a vertical line with a hook at the top. There's no
    crossbar.
    
    Incidentally, I never make any attempt to set Character Map to the same
    font that my email program uses. When I copy a character and paste it
    into a message, its font changes to match the other characters. That may
    not be true for all software, however.
    
    There doesn't seem to be a keyboard shortcut for long s. If one exists,
    you'll see it on the status line at the bottom of Character Map. For
    example, when I select the degree symbol it says "Keystroke: Alt+0176",
    meaning, hold Alt while typing 0176 on the numeric keypad. But no such
    shortcut for long s appears on my machine.
    
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