This question was sent to me privately, but I
thought the answer would be useful to others,
so I am sending it the list:
| Which editor do you use that lets you put in the
| code to produce the actual character to feed it
| into nmh (I'm guessing) ?
I myself use two different techniques. (And yer
basically correct, I usually compose my e-mail
in an external editor — nominally vim(1) — run
by the MH/nmh comp(1)/repl(1)/&tc commands.)
One, which I hinted at in my previous posting,
is ‘vim’s “digraph” feature. Digraph's are
two character sequences which are mapped to
various UCS/Unicode characters. You can see a
list of available digraphs with the :-command:
:digraph (or :dig for short)
The (default) way of entering a digraph is by
typing control-K then the digraph; e.g., § is
entered by <control-K>SE (§'s digraph is “SE”).
(In ‘vim’, “:help digraph” for more information.)
The other technique I use is gucharmap(1) (note
the ‘u’ — NOT gcharmap, which is (was?) a similar
but not-as-useful program), where it's just a
matter of copy-and-paste.
‘vim’ isn't the only UCS-capable editor; others
(that I have used on occasion) include ‘yudit’:
(I haven't the faintest idea what the situation
is with the emacs family?)
And in principle, it should also be possible to
use dead/compose key mappings.
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