[oXygen-user] Feature Request: Combo List of Common non-ASCII Characters

Radu Coravu
Fri May 16 08:27:56 CDT 2008

Hi Eliot,

We added an improvement request to our internal issues list about this 
request and we will study it for a future version.

In the meantime you can add your own simple extension actions in the 
Author page to accomplish this.
Just go to the Oxygen "Options" menu -> Preferences -> 'Document type 
association page'.
Change to "Developer" role and edit the "DITA" document type.
In the "Author" tab -> 'Actions' category create simple actions for each 
character you want to insert.
You can take the "bold"  action as an example for this.
The only important differences will be that the fragment value will be 
something like '&#128;' instead of '<b/>' and the invoke operation 
should be an "InsertFragmentOperation".

Then in the 'Toolbar' category add an Actions Group and in it add all 
the actions that you created earlier.
The Actions Group will appear as a drop-down button on the toolbar.

You can see some examples of creating Author extension actions here: 


Radu Coravu 
<oXygen/> XML Editor, Schema Editor and XSLT Editor/Debugger

Eliot Kimber wrote:
> I find myself needing to insert non-ASCII characters like em-dash and
> whatnot which is not really convenient to do in Author mode (in text mode I
> just type the numeric character reference) [while I work on a Mac, I usually
> use a Windows keyboard so the magic Mac keystrokes for inserting special
> characters are not available (as far as I know).
> Anyway, it would be nice to have a configurable pulldown on the tool bar
> that can be loaded with some number of characters for quick insertion. Would
> also be handy for authoring equations and whatnot.
> Cheers,
> Eliot

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