|Posted on:||04/17/22 00:33:01|
|Last edited:||09/27/22 10:17:13|
So apparently linux lets you use the keybinding
insert utf-8 characters, literally any utf-8 character. This is in
a non-terminal application such as libreOffice, Chromium, Firefox, etc.
Why does this work ? No idea. Don’t know if this comes directly from the kernel - or X11 / xorg - but yeah, it works and I can type stuff like:
1 + 1 = √2
yes, that’s a square root symbol in raw unicode ! without using microsoft word with a laggy interface or whatever.
On your terminal, it’s quite hard to type them. the only reasonable way is copying and pasting this character.
Anyways, if you are writing in vim, you should be able (by default)
to write utf-8 symbols in insert mode by pressing CTRL-V, yes
and the letter
v. Now you should be able to type
u for unicode
and just write the unicode code for it. After you finish writing
the code, the character will appear on screen.
If it isn’t appearing or you just see random whitespace, most likely your terminal does not have the correct font installed or just neglects that character.
e.g. to write the capital letter E with a grave accent
È you would do
the following. First, you’d find that the code is
The hexadecimal code is
00c8. Now you’d go into vim, get into insert or
replace mode ₇, then type
Ctrl-V, then type
type the hex code
00c8. After typing it, the character should appear
on-screen in your terminal!
Now, I should add that i found a vim plugin.
it kinda sucks https://github.com/chrisbra/unicode.vim tbh
some unicode tables on wikipedia that may be of use: