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Inserting Special Characters (UTF8 character set) in Banner Forms

Banner Forms are capable of accepting special characters (in the UTF8 character set). You can use the character palette on the Mac to insert the special characters.  

The chart of acceptable UTF8 characters to use for insertion into Banner can be found here.

These instructions will walk you through using the character palette on a Mac to insert special characters into the name field in a Banner form.

Note: This is a page for administrative staff with permission to use Banner. 

Accessing the Character Palette

With Banner inb open, locate the background web browser page that is always open somewhere and click on it to make it active:

Click anywhere on the background web browser page to make it active

Click 'Edit' in the top toolbar, then choose 'Special Characters...' from the bottom of the dropdown list.

Click Edit in the top toolbar, then choose Special Characters from the bottom of the dropdown list.

When the character palette comes up, choose 'Latin' from the bottom of the left-hand list:

When the character palette comes up, choose Latin from the bottom of the left-hand list

Select the American/ASCII letter you are interested in finding the accented version of and look in the "Related Characters" area to find the accented character you need:

Select the American letter you are interested in finding the accented version of and look in the Related Characters area to find the accented character you need


Alternatively, you can scroll down in the main middle section to find the character you need:

Alternatively, you can scroll down uin the main middle section to find the character you need

Select the special character you need and right click, then choose 'Copy Character Info'

Select the special character you need and right click, then choose Copy Character Info

NOTE:  If you think you might use this character again in the future, you can click the 'Add to Favorites' button to make it easier to find next time.

Inserting the Special Character into the Banner Form

Once you have copied the special character from the character palette, return to the Banner form, highlight the letter you want to change to a special character (or put your cursor into the appropriate name field if you are creating a new entity), and choose 'Edit' then 'Paste' from the top toolbar:

return to the appropriate Banner form field and choose Edit then Paste from the top toolbar

The special character will appear in the place you have specified.  Once you are done entering or changing the data, Save the record:

Once you are done entering or changing the data, Save the record

After saving, if the special character was inserted into a name field, the special character will appear in the ID Key Block.

Creating the "American/ASCII" Name Type Record

If you are changing the American/ASCII name to a version of the name that contains a special character, next choose the 'Alternate Identification' tab and choose the 'Name Type' drop down to search for and select the American/ASCII Name Type (or enter the appropriate code for the American/ASCII Name Type in the 'Name Type' code field): 

choose alternate identification tab and enter American Name type code in Name Type code field

(REMOVE? NOTE: In TEST, the American/ASCII Name Type Code is 'SPEC'; in REAL it will be 'AMER'.)

Save the changes made to the 'Alternate Identification' tab and you are done!

Save the changes to Alternate Identification tab and you are done

NOTE: if you are creating a new entity with a special character in the name, first create the American/ASCII name record and Save it, then update the name with the special character and note the Name Type in the 'Alternate Identification' tab.

Accessing Characters "Saved to Favorites" in the Character Palette

Once you have added characters to 'Favorites' in the Character Palette, they are easy to find from the left-hand menu in the Palette.  Click on 'Favorites' to see the list of favorited characters appear in the main section.

in character palette, click Favorites in left hand section to access favorited characters

Additional Assistance

For additional assistance with inserting special characters into Banner forms:

  • Contact Paige Berry, x6675, or Jonathan Byrd, x5517.

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