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   Date: Fri, 2 Oct 92 22:02:43 +0100
   From: Keld J|rn Simonsen <[log in to unmask]>
 
   In Europe  it is common practice to input special characters
   by name in several word processors, like TeX, SGML, troff; in
   Wordperfect you do it by character code, and secretaries do this.
   In WordPerfect you can also input characters by name, like
   "alpha", "beta" etc, in formulae. But maybe you are not informed on
   European practice?
 
I happen to think this practice is hopelessly outdated.  A modern system
should provide virtual keyboards and multiple input methods that allow the
user to enter character data without recourse to knowing the names of
characters, i.e., by having key mappings to the desired characters, by
employing appropriate key(s) -> composite character sequence mappings, or by
employing the necessary language representation conversion as needed to
enter Han characters.
 
Glenn