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    Special ASCII Characters

    Hello all.
    I've had a good look round the forum before I've posted this question, but haven't found anything helpful.
    I'm trying to use Special ASCII Characters 004 (End of Transmission), 029 (Group Separator) and 030 (Record Separator) in both Word and AutoCAD LT. Has anyone got any thoughts on how this might be achieved?
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    Darren

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    Can you enter them using Alt plus "004" etc on the numeric keypad?

    (Try Alt + 065 and you should get character 65 = "A")

    Edited to stress - this must be the numeric keypad on your keyboard, not the keys below your F keys.

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    You can enter ASCII characters as follows:
    - Activate NumLock.
    - Hold down Alt and enter the numeric code using 3 or 4 digits on the numeric keypad, i.e. Alt+004 etc.

    In Word, character 30 acts as non-breaking hyphen.

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    Leif

    I can enter some ASCII using the method you mentioned, but not the characters from 0 through to 030. When I try to enter them, they appear as a rectangle.

    Darren

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    That's because Word cannot handle all control characters. Could you tell us what you're trying to accomplish?

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    I think you will be lucky to get anything much at all, because the ASCII characters below 0x20 were designed as control, non-printing, characters.

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DarrenL on 21-Aug-08 15:43. )</P>Sure. The three ASCII characters I've mentioned are part of the UID (Unique Identification) code on some part labels. This is then turned into a 2D data matrix which is then machine readable. I'm trying to produce a drawing incorporating the ASCII characters so as to be able to get the labels made up.

    Darren

    Edit: Forgot to mention that I can get around this as the 029 and 030 characters appear to be just superscript and subscript letters, but the 004 looks slightly different.

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    As BATcher noted, most of the characters 0 through 31 are control characters, you cannot really enter them into a document.
    ASCII 8, for example, is the backspace - it deletes a character.

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    In that case, it looks as though close enough is good enough as far as the drawing is concerned. I'll just have to specify the characters separately.
    Thanks for all the help.

    Darren

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    Re: Special ASCII Characters

    If you really have to have the characters on a printed page, you might try a workaround.

    You can create an image (.jpg or .gif) of the character if it appears on the screen, but not in print, by using a screen capture program and then pasting the image into your document in the appropriate places. Rough and dirty, but it gets the job done.
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