Oct 142014
 

With a decent approximation, it is now well over 30 years that I use keyboard.

And there have been oh so many times I’ve cursed the difficulty to reproduce accented characters on US keyboards, forcing the user to find alternative ways like to write the accented vowel followed by an apostrophe (for example, a’ instead of à)… not correct, but still understandable.

Until today when my colleague SerKill (yes, that is his nickname) revealed to me the existence of US International Keyboard layout.

If you configure your laptop to use it (on a Mac, it is System Preferences – Keyboard – Input Sources…), when you want to make an accented vowel letter you simply press first the accent and then the letter.

The accent key you have to press depends if you want to have acute or grave accented vowel as shown in the keyboard layout below:

It is true that you never stop learning…

Thanks, SerKill!

Dec 232007
 

Again on WP migration.

My previous 2.0.11 installation was having DB collation and Character Set configured as latin1 (by default with WordPress 2.0.x).

Bad thing happened when I exported my sql db and reimported in new 2.3.1 installation (defaulting at UTF-8) and saw all accented characters displayed as question marks, ugly signs, etc. 🙁

I also tried exporting as UTF-8 in WP 2.0, but soon realized that WP 2.0.x does not include support for UTF-8 Character Set.

Found a solution in a blog, and reporting it here to avoid spending again two days in future Googling… and testing. Continue reading »