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Plan 9 - man page for char (plan9 section 1)

CHAR(1) 			     General Commands Manual				  CHAR(1)

       char, 1/2char, rschar - browse the Unicode Standard

       char [ font ]
       1/2char [ -s file ] [ font ]
       rschar [ -bgj ] [ -s file ] [ font ]

       Char  displays  two  square arrays of characters on the screen.	The left square shows the
       first character of each 256-character page of the  Unicode  Standard.   The  right  square
       shows  the  contents  of  one page.  Using button 1 or 2 to select a character in the left
       square changes the right square to display the corresponding page and displays the  offset
       and name of the page in the upper left corner of the screen.  Selecting a character in the
       right square displays its  hexadecimal  value  and  name.   In  addition,  any  characters
       selected  with  button  2 are added to the end of 81/2's snarf buffer.  Button 3 pops up a
       menu containing an exit button, whose selection must be confirmed  by  pressing	button	3
       again and a clear snarf button that empties the snarf buffer.

       The optional argument indicates which font to use (default $font).

       1/2char	is  intended for a smaller window and displays only a single 256-character panel.
       Clicking button 1 on a character displays its code and, if possible, description; button 2
       works  similarly,  but also writes the character to file, default /dev/snarf (81/2's snarf
       buffer), which it displays near the bottom of the window.  Clicking button 3  selects  the
       page corresponding to the cursor position in the panel.	Typed characters are added to the
       file, except: backspace deletes the last character; control-U clears the buffer; control-D

       Rschar  is  the	radical/stroke chart from Volume 2 of the Unicode Standard.  Flags can be
       used to restrict the display to one or more Asian character sets:

       -b     Big Five (traditional Chinese).

       -g     GB 2312-80 (simplified Chinese).

       -j     JIS X 0208-1990 (Japanese).

       By default, all characters are shown.  Button 3 controls a menu to change flag selections.
       Radicals  are shown in a panel on the left side of the window.  Clicking on a radical with
       button 1 or 2 brings up, on the right, a panel of characters ordered by stroke count.   If
       the  window  is too small to contain them all, one may scroll through successive panels by
       clicking on arrows that appear at the top.  Clicking on a character with button 1 displays
       its code; clicking with button 2 adds the character to the snarf buffer.  Typed characters
       behave as in 1/2char.

       /lib/unicode contains the names of the unicode characters.  Many characters have no name.


       81/2(1), 81/2(4)

       Char needs a largish window to work properly and doesn't complain if it doesn't get it.


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