#1004 Cannot enter characters via Alt code (Windows)


Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Geany 1.23.1, fresh install from the Windows binaries, including GTK+ 2.16 (but the problem also occurred on 1.23).

AMD A6-3650 APU, 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM (I've had some strange things with this APU before, so I thought I'd mention its an APU, not a CPU...perhaps it matters)

The problem

For any text file being edited, old or new, any type, any encoding, I cannot enter characters using Alt+(ASCII code) or Alt+[00000-65536].

I CAN however enter these characters in some other editor, and copy-paste them over into Geany.

Really nothing seems to happen when entering text this way; when typing some Alt-(ASCII code) in a new blank file, the file's status does NOT change to having "unsaved changes".

Likely related: I have a bunch of AutoHotkey scripts, which replace some code I type with a (Unicode) character (for example, typing the string "\omega" will be replaced by "ω". The following snippet in the .ahk file accomplishes that: ":?*oc:\omega::ω" (without quotes). Note that the .ahk file should then be saved in UTF-8).

This works great everywhere in Windows, except in Geany; the typed code is correctly deleted (the "\omega" part), but NOT replaced with the desired character. This seems to be the case for both Unicode characters and ASCII characters (I also have a "\grave" autotext, which should be replaced with the grave accent ("`", ASCII 096)).


  • Lex Trotman

    Lex Trotman - 2013-11-15

    Geany is a GTK application so it uses the GTK entry method, ctrl+shift+u the hex code for the unicode code point and enter.

    You may need to hold the ctrl+shift while typing the hex codes.

    Unable to help with Autohotkey.

    Last edit: Lex Trotman 2013-11-15
  • Rody Oldenhuis

    Rody Oldenhuis - 2013-11-15

    Hmmm, I see.

    If it were me, I'd still consider this a bug; it's not fully compatible with at least one of its target platforms. But that's a philosophy rather than an argument, so it's up to the Geany devs to leave this bug open or not.

    Perhaps AutoHotkey uses Alt codes to enter "odd" characters. I'll give forcing a copy-paste a try (although that's really awkward to do for all definitions...)

  • Lex Trotman

    Lex Trotman - 2013-11-15

    Agree its possibly not platform compatible, but its not something Geany has any control over, its done by the toolkit.

    (PS previous post edited to stop things being eaten as markup)


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