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I am playing about with my own font for CAD use and would like a decimal point to be in the middle of the line as opposed to bottom of line. (probably not correct terminology).
Is there a difference between the keyboard characters on a full keyboard. The . which is on same key as > as opposed to the . which is on the numeric keypad? There doesn't appear to be but ask anyway.
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I am playing about with my own font for CAD use and would like a decimal point to be in the middle of the line as opposed to bottom of line. (probably not correct terminology).
Is there a difference between the keyboard characters on a full keyboard. The . which is on same key as > as opposed to the . which is on the numeric keypad?

Not answering your direct question, but be aware that the centred dot is a character in its own right. It is available in Unicode fonts at U+00B7, and in other code page fonts at various locations.

See Interpunct on Wikipedia. In modern usage it is vital to writing the Catalan language, as Paral·lel is different to Parallel, as a double ell is pronounced as a 'y' sound.




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Most operating systems and software interpret the two keys the same way, but you can often map them separately in your software.
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thanks for replies.
I wasn't aware it is a unique character.
This is an interesting excercise but I'm enjoying it (so far).

I'll check out the keyboard mapping bit too.
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Just a note: a single dot in the vertical center of the line (character map in Windows calls this the "bullet operator") means multiplication in some styles of mathematical notation (i.e., equivalent to the common × symbol).

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Thanks P.Raposo, my font is for surveying use with a 'hand written' feel and I write numbers with the decimal centred.
It certainly won't get mixed up with maths notations at this end.




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