Last updated: December 18, 2014

 

Index

  1. Introduction

  2. Quick workflow

  3. ASCII and HTML

         Enclosing code
         Search

  4. Status menu

  5. Preferences

         a) General settings
         b) More

  6. FAQ


 

1. Introduction: Regardless of the development platform, the ASCII code is something that software developers often use.  For me, I always forget the ASCII code number for the character that I use most frequently, which is the double quotation mark.  AskKey Essential is a desktop application that comes with a status menu.  It lists characters and their corresponding ASCII code numbers or HTML notations.  You can add the selected pair of a character and its corresponding ASCII code or HTML notation in the list to the status menu.

 

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-01

 

2. Quick workflow: AskKey Essential's workflow goes as follows.

 

  1. In order to add the current character selection with its corresponding ASCII code number or HTML notation, click on the + button right below the list.
  2. If you want to delete any of status menu strings, control-click on it.  And you will be prompted for confirmation.

 

3. ASCII and HTML: Whenever you launch AskKey Essential, the list shows some two hundred characters and their corresponding ASCII code numbers.  (See Screenshot 1-01).  Notice that there's a toggle button at the top with 'ASCII' selected.  If you want to instead list characters with their corresponding HTML notations, select HTML.  (See Screenshot 1-02.)  As far as the characters and their corresponding ASCII code numbers are concerned, the list comprises of the basic ASCII characters and the extended characters based on ISO 8859-1 (ISO Latin-1 or Codes 129-159) with their corresponding ASCII code numbers.

 

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-01

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-02

 

If you want to pay special attention to a particular ASCII code number or HTML notation, click on the h button right below the list.  And the selection will be highlighted.  (See Screenshot 1-03)  The default highlight color is blue.  You can set your own highlight color in Preferences.  If you click on the h button again with the highlighted ASCII code number selected, the text color will turn normal.  Switching to the HTML notation list with the top toggle button, you can separately highlight HTML notations.

 

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-03

 

 

Notice that there are two text fields right below the character list.  The top one (character field) indicates the character that is currently selected in the list while the bottom one (code field) shows the ASCII code number or the HTML notation of the row that is currently selected.  (See Screenshot 1-04.)

 

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-04

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-05

 

Depending on the development platform and the programming language you use, you may find it more useful if the string shown inside the code field is preceded by some phrase and also enclosed with parentheses or equivalent.  Opening Preferences and navigating to the More tab, you can work on the way how the current code string appears.  (See Screenshot 1-05.)  For example, if you want to enclose the selected ASCII code number and the HTML notation with parentheses preceeded by Chr, first, turn on the Edit button and then enter 'Chr' in the text field to the left.  Furthermore, using the drop-down menu below, select ().

If you want to quickly locate a character with its corresponding ASCII number or HTML notation in the list, enter that character in the top search field.  Then press RETURN.  And AskKey Essential will locate the row containing the character you've entered.  (See Screenshot 1-06.)  Remember, you can only enter one letter in the search field.

 

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-06

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-07

 

4. Status menu: AskKey Essential comes with a status menu, which appears near the volume indicator.  Exploring it, at first, it's pretty much empty with a couple of commands plus a toggle button.  (See Screenshot 1-07.)  AskKey Essential's status menu gives you quick access to a selected list of ASCII code numbers and HTML notations.  That is, you can add a character with its corresponding ASCII code number or HTML notation to the status menu.

 

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-08

 

 

In order to do add the selected character with its corresponding ASCII code number or HTML notation to the status menu, simply click on the + button below the list.  And a warning label in red will appear below.  (See Screenshot 1-08.)  Now, if you turn your attention to application's status menu, you will find a new selectable command.  (See Screenshot 1-09.)  If you select a status menu item, AskKey Essential will copy the exact string appearing on the status menu to system's clipboard.  So you can paste the clipboard content into a text document.  (See Screenshot 1-10.)

 

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-09

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-10

 

If you want to remove any of status menu items, just control-click on it, meaning that you select the status menu you want to remove while holding down the control button on your keyboard.  Then you will be prompted for confirmation.  (See Screenshot 1-11.)

 

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-11

Mac software AskKey Essential

Screenshot 1-12

 

A group of ASCII node numbers and that of HTML notations will appear separately over the status menu.  Initially, ASCII code numbers will be listed, if any.  If you want to show chararacters and their correponding HTML notations, use the toggle button and select HTML.  Then the menu will close.  And HTML notations will be listed if you explore the status menu again.  (See Screenshot 1-12.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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