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Hearing and Speech Sciences

A guide to print and electronic sources in the field of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

Inserting Phonetic Symbols Using Unicode

Unicode is "a character coding system designed to support the worldwide interchange, processing, and display of the written texts of the diverse languages and technical disciplines of the modern world." - The Unicode Standard

While there are fonts that will allow for IPA transcription required in your final project, Unicode is a more reliable method to use.

Using Unicode with a PC

Word 2007 (installed on Library PC's) suggests one of two ways to incorporate Unicode into documents:
1) Use the Unicode special character chart. To insert a Unicode character, type the character code, press ALT, and then press X.

For example, to type a dollar symbol ($), type 0024, press ALT, and then press X

2) Click Start, point to All Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and then click Character Map.

To select a character in the Character Map, click the character, click Select, click the right mouse button in your document where you want the character, and then click Paste.

Using Unicode with a MAC
To use Unicode on a MAC, you may either use the character viewer  or, with unicode hex input selected from the settings>language & text >input sources menu, hold the option key and type the 4 digit code anywhere.

For assistance using Unicode, see "Where is My Character?" or consult with your professor.