Emacs Unicode Browser (xub-mode)

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This is the home page for xub-mode, a Emacs major mode for browsing Unicode characters.


To start the mode, type 【Alt+x xub-mode】.

When this mode is on, pressing the arrow keys will display info about the character under cursor. Pressing mouse left button on a character also works.

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xub-mode in action. (this is a older screenshot. The zoom in/out keys have changed.)

Press 【Ctrl++】 to zoom in. 【Ctrl+-】 to zoom out. Or, you can hold down Ctrl and scroll mouse wheel.

There's a menu named “XUB” at the top.

While in the mode, call describe-modeCtrl+h m】 to see inline documentation.

Unicode Files

The mode includes about 20 files of Unicode symbols of different categories, used as a character palette. Some of the palette's characters can be seen in the following:

Get Unicode Font

For best result, you'll need a font that support Unicode. See: Best Unicode Fonts for Programer.

Also, you should be using Emacs 23, because it has a entire new Unicode engine and font engine that supports operating system's fonts.

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