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There are these characters. You enjoy them, but only need every so often. For me, it's the § (silcrow/section sign).

It's not printed on my key caps, but... I *know* it's up there, somewhere! Hiding behind a number key, in need of an alt and/or shift. And so, inevitably, I just go and riffle

¡™£¢∞§¶

I'm stuck in this local maximum where this genuinely is the quickest way, yet improving muscle memory in no way whatsoever.

I can't be the only one doing this right?

@krinkle For me it's ™ (alt-gr + 8 on an Italian keyboard). § is conveniently shift + ù. :)

@krinkle
I either use BabelMap (similar to CharMap, but with search features) to look up the character, or, if I have a browser open, use my (unpublished) #FiXaNotes extension to copy the appropriate symbol from my quick list stored in my notes.

@krinkle
alternatively you could create your own keyboard layout where you put the symbols behind logical altgr combination?

@FiXato
On German keyboard layouts, it's actually printed. Speaks for the law-abiding attitude, huh?

@krinkle

@RyunoKi
that's something I kinda miss from the C64 era; having modifier states printed on the side of the keycaps: eftm.com/wp-content/uploads/20

(of course that's not really an option on low profile keys of for instance a laptop keyboard...)
But perhaps @krinkle can add stickers to the appropriate keys, which might help train the muscle memory?

@krinkle if you want to invest the time, you could put a little cheat sheet in front of you and then create a game/quiz to match them as quickly as you can until they’re memorized.

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Quick, reply back with ∞§™$¶@£¿~™°§∞$¶¢?¶§%∞™&¢!

@krinkle my doctoral thesis was on a project called C∀, and any time I want to type ∀ and am not in a LaTeX environment (including now), I look up the Wikipedia page for universal quantification and copy the character.

@krinkle I happily use the Compose Key, which both lets us use variations for most things (Eg 12 different ways to get the section sign: fsymbols.com/keyboard/linux/co ), and many of them are inherently memorable ( t+m = ™). It's default in Linux, but apparently exists for win/mac, too!

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