Alt+0173 on a Mac(Snow Leopard)???

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  1. Jrv macrumors regular

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    On Windows, this console command creates an invisible character that takes up no space. How do I do this on Mac OSX?
     
  2. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    I'm truly curious, why do you want this? What purpose does it serve?
     
  3. Jrv thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm going to let you think about that for a second. An invisible character that acts as a character and is viewed as a character by any forum, but is completely invisible. You can't see any use for that?

    Someone's new to the internet.
     
  4. VPrime, Sep 21, 2011
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    Kids use it to getbaround word filtersnon forums and stuff.
    No need to be a douche, he was just asking why something like his would be used for.
    What you are looking for is called a soft hyphen. I don't think it exists in OSX.. But I could be wrong.

    Edit: depending in your browser if you bring up the character viewer you can insert it manually..Not a solution to do it with a key combo, but it may be good enough.
    In chrome it is under edit-> special characters then just search soft hyphen
     
  5. pewra macrumors regular

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    Someone's a dirty little skiddie.


    Interestingly enough, douchy things are just about all you would use it for.


    In the character palette (Edit » Spacial Characters) you can view all those little nasties, a soft hyphen isn't what you want, but I'm sure the OP can find it himself. The numbers are listed on the left hand panel in the "Unicode" section.

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  6. Jrv thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've already scanned through the special characters, and I have yet to find it. Also, it's mainly used(Or at least it's intended use) when the text input ignores the space bar for things like indents.
     
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    So let me get this straight: there is no way(Whether through keyboard, special characters, add ons, etc.) that I can make the alt+0173 character on a Mac operating system? That is really, really stupid.
     
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  10. pewra macrumors regular

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    You can make any unicode character, just a matter of finding it yourself, it's not difficult.

    For reference, U0173 is a greek character 'ų', not the character you're looking for.


    Nah.
     
  11. mrgraff macrumors 6502a

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    No, for reference, U+0173 refers to the unicode hexadecimal equivalent of 371 which is the ų character - not the same thing as alt+0173 which is the way a Windows computer creates the decimal version of a unicode character.

    Also, ų is not part of the Greek alphabet it's called "Latin Small Letter U With Ogonek" which appears in Lithuanian and several Native American languages.

    alt+0173 (U+00AD) is the soft hyphen that the OP is looking for.
     

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