The Journal Newsletter – February 2008

The Journal Newsletter

February 2008


February 2008 is now almost over. Do you know where your month went?
(And could you help me find *mine*?)

The Journal 4.1 Build #253 was released on 5 February. Check out “The
Journal News” section for what’s new and what’s changed or fixed.

I explain how to type international characters in your entries and
Susan provides a new set of writing exercises.

Thank you for using DavidRM Software’s The Journal!

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Typing International Characters

Have you ever wanted to type “résumé” or “café” and been stymied by that acute accented e? Or maybe you need to type “curaçao” (because it goes great with orange juice) and weren’t sure how you could type the cedilla (I only learned that was the name for the “c-with-a-tail” a few weeks ago).

To type these characters–and many more–The Journal uses a multi-keystroke approach. There are two keystrokes:
1. a Ctrl (or Ctrl+Shift) keystroke
2. the letter to be accented (or slashed)

The first keystroke will not type anything. However, it’s necessary to tell The Journal that the next character will receive the accent.

For example, to type the acute accented e (é), you would type:
1. Ctrl+’ (single quote/apostrophe)
2. e

The first keystroke (Ctrl+’) tells The Journal that the next character should receive an acute accent. Then you type “e” and you get “é”.

Here is the full list of international characters supported by The Journal:

Acute accent: Acute accent: Á, É, Í, Ó, Ú, Ý, á, é, í, ó, ú, ý
Ctrl+<apostrophe> <letter>

Circumflex: Â, Ê, Î, Ô, Û, â, ê, î, ô, û
Ctrl+Shift+^ <letter>

Grave accent: À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù, à, è, ì, ò, ù
Ctrl+` <letter>

Tilde accent: Ã, Ñ, Õ, ã, ñ, õ
Ctrl+Shift+~ <letter>

Umlaut accent: Ä, Ë, Ï, Ö, Ü, Ÿ, ä, ë, ï, ö, ü, ÿ
Ctrl+Shift+<colon> <letter>

Slashed characters: Ø, ø
Ctrl+/ <letter>

Cedilla: Ç, ç
Ctrl+<comma> <letter>

NOTE: MS Word also supports these characters in the same way. Just an FYI, in case you didn’t know. It’s a handy feature.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “If you are reading this…”

Prose Prompt – Write a short story based on the parable of the grasshopper and the ant.

Journaling Prompt – What can you do to nurture your important relationships?

Memoir Prompt – Do you have any friends you’ve known since elementary school? High school? College? Previous jobs? Have you stayed in touch all that time? Or did you have some periods “off and on”?

Submission Information

If you would like to contribute to the “How I Use The Journal”, “Writing Exercises”, or “Tips & Tricks” sections, or would like to submit an article about journaling, writing, or another The Journal-related topic, we would love to hear from you.

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As always, if you have any suggestions for, or bug reports about, The Journal, please feel free to email them. Both are always welcome.


Editor: David Michael (
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Updated: June 20, 2015 — 7:55 pm