Hmmm âŠ do you have the symbol font installed? The symptom you describe is what generally what I see happen when a font is not available to FM âŠ it just displays the base character (âaâ in this case).
Because, I just tested it in FM and it worked fine for me!
Of course, if you are using Unicode fonts, then it is better to use the Unicode value for the alpha character rather than an âaâ in the symbol font. I based my response (i.e., using 097) from your original question. J
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Nancy Allison
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: RE: Can't enter alpha character in text
Well, life turned out to be simpler than I'd feared.
(Syed, I didn't get the result you describe. As you stated, Alt-097 produces a lowercase a (in Arial, anyway). When I switch it to Symbol, I got a small uppercase A in what looks like a serif font.)
However, I copied and pasted my source text from a Word file into NotePad. The symbol came through. I then copied and pasted it into FrameMaker. The symbol came through again!
So I'm all set for now. Gawd, if I never had to struggle with another font issue, I would die happy.
Thanks, everyone. Happy Friday!
On 07/19/13, Syed Zaeem Hosain (***@aeris.net)<***@aeris.net<mailto:***@aeris.net)%***@aeris.net>> wrote:
Alt-097 is simply the character lower-case âaâ. Enter it, highlight it and then set it to the symbol font (using the character designer preferably!) and it will show you what you want.
From: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Nancy Allison
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 11:18 AM
Subject: Can't enter alpha character in text
Hi, all. I use FM 10 on a Windows 7 system.
I am wasting way, way too much time trying to accomplish a simple thing: I am trying to insert a lower case alpha (looks like a fish, or a lower-case a) into text.
The key code Numlock-alt-097, provided in the FrameMaker 9 special character set does not work (it comes out as an "x"). I have gone cross-eyed trying to find the character in the Character Palette, which does not seem to provide a way to search for the character.
If anyone can solve this annoyance for me, I will be very grateful.