Today’s topic is iPad and Mac diacritical marks.
If you’re using your iPad (or Mac) for genealogy, you probably need to add diacritical marks to names and places. If you’re a native English speaker like me, getting your keyboard to produce these characters may be an unfamiliar process.
A diacritical mark is a glyph (mark) added to a letter that changes how words are pronounced. These marks may appear above, below, within a letter, or in some cases between two letters. Ø, ü, è, ñ, ß, ÿ, ī, å are all examples of diacritical marks added to letters.
There are several ways to add diacriticals to individual letters on your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac.
- Press lightly and hold the keys any vowel or C, L, N, S, Y and Z, then select the accented versions from the menu. (Shortcuts to legal and financial symbols appear by pressing and holding characters on the numerical keyboard.)
- Visit Adobe for a printable chart of the keyboard shortcuts for the standard Mac OS character set at adobe.com/type/pdfs/characcessmac.pdf.
- Visit the MacStories site for another list of navigational shortcuts by clicking here.
- Use the OS X Keyboard Viewer, part of the Mac OS X operation system, to reveal hidden diacritical characters by holding down the Option, Shift and other modifier keys. Go to Apple’s support page for this app for a tutorial. These extended characters are also available on an iPhone or iPad if you add a Bluetooth keyboard.