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Overstrike not working

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Hi. I don't if this is the right newsgroup for this, but anyway...

I need to transcribe some greek words, and I want to combine two

characters from Times New Roman. I know that there are fonts which

have that particular character, but I want it on TNR.

The character is an "e" with a dash over it then an accent over it. I

scanned it from a book. You can see the scan with the character I'm

trying to combine with the accent at the following URL:

http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/6634/psiche3us.png

I'm trying to do it as described at

http://sbarnhill.mvps.org/WordFAQs/Overbar.htm

The problem is that the overstrike doesn't work, no matter which

characters I'm trying to combine. I insert the field then select

Equations and the "\o (a,b)" thing ('a' and 'b' being mere examples),

then when I switch off the field view in the document, Word displays

"a,b" instead of combining the characters. The "a,b" string is grayed,

so it continues being a field. I'm using Word from Office 2000

Premium, if it matters (I have Office XP, but I prefer Office 2000

because of the silly look of Office XP).

So what is happening? Why is Word refusing tot combine the

characters?

TIA

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    • You actually don't need an overstrike field for this character. Instead,

      insert Unicode glyph 0113 (Latin small letter e with macron), then 0301

      (combining acute accent). This will actually look better than your scanned

      example.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      all may benefit.

      "Kuko" <ups.ms-word.todaysummary.com.ups.ups> wrote in message

      news:gf2nf19n5s34kri68vnjmg6skn1h364k4c.ms-word.todaysummary.com.4ax.com...

      > Hi. I don't if this is the right newsgroup for this, but anyway...

      > I need to transcribe some greek words, and I want to combine two

      > characters from Times New Roman. I know that there are fonts which

      > have that particular character, but I want it on TNR.

      > The character is an "e" with a dash over it then an accent over it. I

      > scanned it from a book. You can see the scan with the character I'm

      > trying to combine with the accent at the following URL:

      > http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/6634/psiche3us.png

      > I'm trying to do it as described at

      > http://sbarnhill.mvps.org/WordFAQs/Overbar.htm

      > The problem is that the overstrike doesn't work, no matter which

      > characters I'm trying to combine. I insert the field then select

      > Equations and the "\o (a,b)" thing ('a' and 'b' being mere examples),

      > then when I switch off the field view in the document, Word displays

      > "a,b" instead of combining the characters. The "a,b" string is grayed,

      > so it continues being a field. I'm using Word from Office 2000

      > Premium, if it matters (I have Office XP, but I prefer Office 2000

      > because of the silly look of Office XP).

      > So what is happening? Why is Word refusing tot combine the

      > characters?

      > TIA

      #1; Sat, 07 Jun 2008 19:55:00 GMT
    • On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 13:36:43 -0500, "Suzanne S. Barnhill"

      <sbarnhill.ms-word.todaysummary.com.mvps.org> wrote:

      >You actually don't need an overstrike field for this character. Instead,

      >insert Unicode glyph 0113 (Latin small letter e with macron), then 0301

      >(combining acute accent). This will actually look better than your scanned

      >example.

      Thank you for your reply, Suzanne. I'm afraid I don't know how to do

      what you describe. I tried typing "Alt+0113" and got a "q", and with

      "Alt+0301" I've got a "-". How can I insert such glyphs?

      I like this solution better than the overstrike field one, but

      anyway, why dos overstrike field doesn't work in my Word?

      TIA

      #2; Sat, 07 Jun 2008 19:56:00 GMT
    • Alt+0xxx works only for ASCII characters. Unicode characters (anything above

      0255) must be inserted a different way. You can insert them from the Insert

      Symbol dialog or using 0113, Alt+X, and 0301, Alt+X. For more, see

      http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/General/InsertSpecChars.htm

      Without seeing the syntax of the EQ \o field you're actually using, I can't

      tell you why it's not working, but if you're in Europe, you may need to use

      a semicolon between the characters instead of a comma.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      all may benefit.

      "Kuko" <ups.ms-word.todaysummary.com.ups.ups> wrote in message

      news:se7nf159dib895ra1v31ajldehpe0d60ka.ms-word.todaysummary.com.4ax.com... [vbcol=seagreen]

      > On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 13:36:43 -0500, "Suzanne S. Barnhill"

      > <sbarnhill.ms-word.todaysummary.com.mvps.org> wrote:

      scanned

      > Thank you for your reply, Suzanne. I'm afraid I don't know how to do

      > what you describe. I tried typing "Alt+0113" and got a "q", and with

      > "Alt+0301" I've got a "-". How can I insert such glyphs?

      > I like this solution better than the overstrike field one, but

      > anyway, why dos overstrike field doesn't work in my Word?

      > TIA

      #3; Sat, 07 Jun 2008 19:56:00 GMT
    • On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 18:30:14 -0500, "Suzanne S. Barnhill"

      <sbarnhill.ms-word.todaysummary.com.mvps.org> wrote:

      >Alt+0xxx works only for ASCII characters. Unicode characters (anything above

      >0255) must be inserted a different way. You can insert them from the Insert

      >Symbol dialog or using 0113, Alt+X, and 0301, Alt+X. For more, see

      >http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/General/InsertSpecChars.htm

      I've done it. Thank you very much. Very nice. The Alt-X thing

      doesn't work. The text on the URL you provided talks about Word 2002,

      so I guess my Word 2000 can't do it. Anyway, I'm quite happy. Thanks,

      again.

      >Without seeing the syntax of the EQ \o field you're actually using, I can't

      >tell you why it's not working, but if you're in Europe, you may need to use

      >a semicolon between the characters instead of a comma.

      Yes. That was the problem. I'm using the spanish version of Office

      2000. The help about the \o switch, however, still talks about commas,

      not semicolons. This may be a mistake.

      Regards.

      #4; Sat, 07 Jun 2008 19:58:00 GMT
    • Yes, I believe the Alt+X shortcut was introduced in Word 2002, and

      unfortunately Word's Help on fields (or generally) is not always outstanding

      even in the English-language version; translated versions suffer even more

      from being rushed into production.

      Suzanne S. Barnhill

      Microsoft MVP (Word)

      Words into Type

      Fairhope, Alabama USA

      Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org

      Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so

      all may benefit.

      "Kuko" <ups.ms-word.todaysummary.com.ups.ups> wrote in message

      news:d5unf1pc6l3auei5lokgsme26jd64cmkbd.ms-word.todaysummary.com.4ax.com... [vbcol=seagreen]

      > On Thu, 11 Aug 2005 18:30:14 -0500, "Suzanne S. Barnhill"

      > <sbarnhill.ms-word.todaysummary.com.mvps.org> wrote:

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      > I've done it. Thank you very much. Very nice. The Alt-X thing

      > doesn't work. The text on the URL you provided talks about Word 2002,

      > so I guess my Word 2000 can't do it. Anyway, I'm quite happy. Thanks,

      > again.

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      > Yes. That was the problem. I'm using the spanish version of Office

      > 2000. The help about the \o switch, however, still talks about commas,

      > not semicolons. This may be a mistake.

      > Regards.

      #5; Sat, 07 Jun 2008 19:59:00 GMT