AlphaSmart Special Character Converter
This script detects special character keystrokes that are performed (presumably while an AlphaSmart is dumping text using the Send function) and outputs the correct special character in its place.
When typing on an AlphaSmart 3000, special characters can be inserted by using an alt+foo key combination; alt+m inserts a μ (mu), for example.
When text is dumped from the AS3000 to a PC using the Send function, it replays the keystrokes you’ve made rather than sending the data. This means that if you were to use a μ in your document, it would send alt+m to your computer instead of sending a μ character. Not only does this not make a μ, but it also tries to open menus in your programs via their altkey shortcuts.
This script detects special character keystrokes that are performed (presumably while an AlphaSmart is dumping text using the Send function) and outputs the correct special character in its place. It converts the following characters:
|Alt + 2||™||trademark|
|Alt + r||®||registered trademark|
|Alt + g||©||copyright|
|Alt + o||ø|
|Alt + Shift + o||ö|
|Alt + k||°||degree|
|Alt + 5||∞||infinity|
|Alt + 6||§||sectional symbol|
|Alt + 7||¶||pilcrow|
|Alt + s||ß||uppercase beta|
|Alt + w||Σ||uppercase sigma|
|Alt + Shift + p||π||lowercase pi|
|Alt + m||μ||lowercase mu|
|Alt + z||Ω||uppercase omega|
|Alt + /||÷||obelus|
|Alt + Shift + =||±||plus-minus|
|Alt + f||ƒ||function|
Either run the desired .exe, or download Autohotkey and run the included source .ahk. For as long as it is running, this script will hijack your alt key to perform the keystrokes listed above in any application. To exit the script, right-click the blue Omega icon in your taskbar and select Exit, or press Winkey+End.
v1: Initial release