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When assessing Presentational Writing in AAPPL, all Romanized alphabet languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), can use the on-screen special character palette to insert accents and symbols. Additionally, on Windows-based computers, combinations of the ALT key plus a numeric code can be used to type non-English characters (accented letters, diacritical marks, or punctuation symbols). The ALT codes can be used for the French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish languages only. For Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindu, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Thai languages, the language-specific keyboard must be set up.SS

ALT 0 – ALT 31 and ALT 127 produces a range of whimsical graphical special characters and symbols from Code Page 437, such as the smiley face and heart symbol. In ASCII, codes 0-31 and 127 are for non-printable control characters associated with old teletype transmissions such as line feed (LF) and carriage return (CR). To make use of these codes associated with otherwise non-printable and non-displayable ASCII control characters that have gone into obsolescence, IBM re-purposed and assigned smiley face characters, musical note characters, playing card suit characters and others to these codes in Code Page 437. See the story here. (Source: altcodeunicode.com)

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Historically and erroneously, Windows Code Page 1252 was also referred to as an “ANSI Code Page”, as it was based on an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) draft. Microsoft anticipated that the draft would be an ANSI standard and implemented it before the draft was finalized, however that draft forked and became the ISO 8859-1 standard instead and is not exactly the same as Windows Code page 1252 that Microsoft implemented. So, regardless of its widespread use and popularity, Windows Code Page 1252 has never been an ANSI standard. Therefore, though it persists, it is a misnomer to refer to Windows Code Page 1252 as an “ANSI Code Page”.

key and entering the decimal code (0, 1-255) on the numeric key pad that corresponds to the special character or symbol, giving rise to the term “ALT codes”. Later on, when Microsoft introduced their new proprietary character sets in Windows, such as Windows Code Page 1252 and later Unicode, many users had grown accustomed to Code Page 437, and memorized the decimal codes for it, that Microsoft chose to retain it and their decimal codes. Microsoft added the ability to enter special characters and symbols from their new proprietary character set, Windows Code Page 1252, by typing a leading 0 (zero) before their corresponding decimal codes (0, 01-0255). (Source: altcodeunicode.com)

 

 

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