It’s been about two and a half year since I made the switch from Windows to Mac. That was surprisingly easy … I’d expected a much steeper learning curve.
Still though, there are little things presenting themselves as little obstacles. The other day, I wanted to type the sign for a half (½). All the special signs are listed … I thought … in the Character Viewer, but I couldn’t find a half. Not a third or a quarter either, for that matter. I went through them all, gazing carefully, but no, they weren’t there.
This seemed incredulous — why wouldn’t I be able to do that on this brand new MacBook?! Went to the support forums, where I usually find my answers quickly and easily. Not so much this time, though! Many people had asked my question already, and one even got the answer: «Why would you want to do that?» That’s one of the silliest responses I’ve ever seen in an Apple forum.
At one point, I did see something that looked plausible … something about ‘adding digits’ in the character viewer, but I was still stuck because I’d failed to notice a little cogwheel there. Last night I found it, and it was all revealed 😊.
Now I can make all kinds of strange symbols … not only ½. I’ve made a short-cut so that when I type 1/2 it automatically turns into the half sign. Here is the Roman sign for ten thousand ↂ … I had no idea it even existed 🙂