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January 2005

21jan2005 · Umlauts and Carbon Emacs

I finally found out how to enter special characters the right way in Carbon Emacs. Previously, when I hit “ä” and the likes, it would tell me about “Undefined keys” and the like. Interestingly, the character C-q ä on my german keyboard creates a totally different character than it’s supposed to be (0x8a vs 0x8e4). I helped myself adding these characters with TextEdit afterwise, well knowing that this approach can’t be the whole truth.

However, this is now fixed. I simply added

(set-keyboard-coding-system 'mac-roman)

to my .emacs and now I can enter the correct characters with a single keypress.

I still haven’t found out how to make Emacs actually display these characters, though: I still only see empty boxes. Not that bad, but not perfect either. Comments on this would be very welcome.

Update 30jan2005: I fixed that issue! The code you need in your .emacs is:

(set-frame-font "fontset-mac" 'keep)
(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist
         '(font . "fontset-mac"))

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