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.
Chart of acceptable UTF8 characters to use for insertion into Banner.
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.
- Accessing the Character Palette
- Inserting the Special Character into the Banner Form
- Creating the "American/ASCII" Name Type Record
- Accessing Characters "Saved to Favorites" in the Character Palette
- UTF8 and Excel for the Mac
- Additional Assistance
Note: This is a page for administrative staff with permission to use Banner.
With Banner inb open, locate the background web browser page that is always open somewhere and click on it to make it active:
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:
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:
Alternatively, you can scroll down in the main middle section to find the character you need:
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.
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:
The special character will appear in the place you have specified. 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.
Save the changes made to the '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.
For additional assistance with inserting special characters into Banner forms:
- Contact Jonathan Byrd, x5517.