Re: macron

Subject: Re: macron
From: Beth Agnew <Beth -dot- Agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 10:37:19 -0500

The key sequence for a macron by itself is Ctrl+qx. That gives you the bar, but doesn't position it over the vowel.

For the specific vowel + macron combination, you'll need to use the ANSI code for the vowel you want, e.g., long lowercase "a" = 0101
(To refresh the memories of those who don't often use the ANSI number, with Num Lock on press and hold Alt while typing the ANSI number (including the leading zero) on the numeric keypad.)

Plus, as others have pointed out, you'll need a Unicode font that contains the symbols you want to use. Be aware that your output media must support Unicode as well. Most do, these days, but some older printers may not.

This document may also be helpful: PDFS/Character_Sets.pdf

Another option is to use FontLab ( to customize your font to include macrons.

Gilda Spitz wrote:

I have a very simple question that has so far stumped me:

Does anyone know how to create a macron in Framemaker? A macron is the flat bar across a vowel that indicates that it should be pronounced as a "long" vowel.

I can see how to do it in Word, through the Insert Symbol menu, but it doesn't seem to exist in the Framemaker help. And cutting and pasting from Word doesn't work.
Any ideas?

Gilda Spitz
Manager, Documentation Services
Longview Solutions
905.940.1510 Ext. 5314 gaspitz -at- longview -dot- com

Beth Agnew
Professor, Technical Communication
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
Toronto, ON 416.491.5050 x3133


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