Support for FrameMaker 7.x character set

When you open a FrameMaker 7.x document in FrameMaker 8 or above, font encoding is used to convert the characters to Unicode encoding.

In FrameMaker 7.x or earlier, if you open a document on a platform (operating system and locale) that is different from the one used to create it, a rectangular box appears for characters that are not available in the ANSI character set. However, because FrameMaker preserves the character codes, the correct characters appear when you re-open the document on the platform that was used to create it.

If you open a FrameMaker 7.x or earlier document in FrameMaker 9 or above, it converts the unavailable characters to Unicode and assumes that the converted characters are displayed correctly.

FrameMaker versions 9 and above support three character sets: ZapfDingbats (Dingbats), Symbol, and Standard (the platform-dependent legacy character set). Some of the keyboard shortcuts used to enter the characters from these sets continue to be supported in FrameMaker 9 and above.

This document provides tables for each character set to list the supported keyboard shortcuts. The tables also provide hexadecimal code values. “Hex code” is used to represent each character inter­nally.

Instructions for typing quotation marks and apostrophes assume that Smart Quotes is off. For infor­mation about Smart Quotes, see the FrameMaker User Guide.

Keyboard shortcut support

Standard character set All keyboard shortcuts are supported in FrameMaker 9 and above.

Symbol and Dingbats character sets Keyboard shortcuts with a Hex code below 127 are supported in FrameMaker 9 and above. Keyboard shortcuts with Hex code above 127 are not supported in FrameMaker 9 and above.

note:   For more information, see Standard character set and Symbol and ZapfDingbats character sets.

Using key sequences

Many characters are generated by a key sequence. This key sequence often uses the Control, Esc, or Meta key. This document uses the following conventions for key sequences:




Hold down Control while pressing the lowercase letter q.

Control+q Shift+a

Hold down Control while pressing the letter q, then release both keys, and then hold down Shift while pressing the letter a.

Esc ~ Shift+a

Press and release Esc, then press and release ~ (tilde), then hold down Shift while pressing the letter a.

On Windows, you can also type a character in a document by using its ANSI number as described below:

1)Press the Num Lock to activate the numeric keypad.

2)Hold down the Alt key while typing the ANSI number (including the leading zero) using the keys on the numeric keypad.

For example, to enter the “questiondown” character (¿) using its ANSI number, hold down Alt while typing 0191 from the numeric keypad, and then release Alt. Be sure to include the leading zero.

September 30, 2016

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