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flo's avatar

How do you get the a and the e to squeesh together in the following email address?

Asked by flo (12412points) 2 weeks ago

“If your email falls into none of the categories above, ask yourself, “How do I think this stranger who I would like to email will feel when reading my email?”

If the answer is “delighted”, email allthingslinguistic æt gmail.com
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https://gretchenmcculloch.com/contact/

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Here is information about the ash.

Zaku's avatar

Yes, though (and I’m not certain which is Flo’s real question here) that’s not what that text is trying to get people to do. It’s trying to get you to realize you need to type an @ symbol, without writing the @ symbol in the address, because then bots could scrape that email and the address might get bombarded with spam email.

JLeslie's avatar

Different instructions I’ve found for it are:

Shift+Control+&,a
Shift+Control+&,A

Or, the alt key number is Alt 146 supposedly.

I haven’t tried any yet, I’m on my iPhone right now.

Emails usually have an @, as the jelly above said, so I think that’s what you really need.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

When I need a special character I google it, copy and paste.

Google “ae smashed together” – “The letter æ was used in Old English”
Google “umlaut” – ä, ö, ü
Google “musical notes text” – ♪♫♬

flo's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake Thanks. @Zaku There is only one question (the title)
The detail part is the quote from the site I found it in, except the end quot mark should have been at the end.
@JLeslie Thanks but how about the e?
@Call_Me_Jay Thanks.

flo's avatar

@Pinguidchance My question is how did the first person do it?

Zaku's avatar

@flo You get though that the æ is not in the email, yes?

“How did the first person do it?” is also weird way to frame the question, as if it were the myth of the mystery of the first fire that was then carried from fire to fire by people who knew not how to create fire. The “first person” would be an engineer somewhere making the computer. Any ways built into the operating system to do it were created by engineers. People who knew the mysteries of their computer’s operating system could do it. Then people who know how to write computer programs wrote various programs that could do it. Then people who knew of those programs and their mysterious ways could do it. Then also people who saw that data and realized they had a way to cut & paste it, even when using other computers with different operating systems and software could do it… and the legend continues.

flo's avatar

@Zaku I’ll take it you mean you don’t know how the person who just typed that did it. Fine.

By the way, how about my last response to you?

Zaku's avatar

@flo I know of many ways that person might have done it, but how would anyone but that person know how that person specifically did it? Why would anyone care how some particular person did got a æ character into a document? Is that actually your question? If so, please share what significance that has for you.

Your last response to me was “How do you get the a and the e to squeesh together in the following email address?” and my answer to you has three parts:

1. The æ is not part of that email address. It is a stand-in for the @ symbol, which I personally usually get by pressing Shift+2.

2. I would never think to try to put an æ symbol in an email address, and if I did try, I would fail, because that symbol is not allowed in email addresses. I might just type ae in that case.

3. If I did want to get an æ symbol for some other reason, it would depend on the context. If I were typing online, I would tend to find an example in a document (or an Extended ASCII table or a unicode character table ) and cut & paste it. Or I might use a program that serves the same purpose. If I were writing a computer program to do it, I would think about whether it was for an ASCII or unicode string, and then probably define the correct character for it numerically and use that.

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