This keystroke-character-glyph model allows OpenType fonts to use standardized values for characters outside the basic Latin shown on most keyboards. This improves on the Type 1 fonts, which simply mapped characters like "checkbox", "cosine", or "star" to normal alphabetic values. With Type 1 symbol fonts people could use the keyboard to enter glyphs, but what got stored in the text of a document was gibberish. Or people could use the OpenType fonts and get correct character values stored in their document's text, but they couldn't use a keyboard to enter them. (There are no keys for "checkbox", "cosine", or "star" on a normal keyboard, to use the previous example.).
When we started shipping OpenType symbol fonts in 2002, Adobe included the original Type 1 versions with them. Providing both formats allowed people to choose between keyboard convenience and text accuracy. This was always meant to be a temporary measure; the full solution is to let people access symbol glyphs in OpenType fonts on their keyboards. Now that is finally possible, as we've provided keyboard layouts for these fonts. With these layouts installed, a user who wants to enter characters in a symbol font (for example, Carta®) from the keyboard simply selects the layout for that font (just like the keyboard layouts that came with the OS, like the U.S. standard, U.S. Dvorak, or French keyboard).
We've tried to preserve the configurations used in the original fonts, so people who were familiar with those will know what key each character uses. Other users will want to look at the layout diagrams before keyboarding a symbol font. Of course if you're using only one or two glyphs, it may still be simpler to use the Glyphs panel in your layout application, or an OS utility to select the glyphs you desire.
Although referenced in the PDF keyboard map, several characters might not be accessible by keyboard on Windows. In such cases, resort to the Glyph Palette of the application, or to the system-wide Character Map.
Additional note for Windows XP users
For Windows XP, a system restart might be necessary after installing and uninstalling the keyboards.
In some cases, you will need to select another input language. To do so:
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