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Almost all applications support Italian accents. Guidelines for typing and using accents are given below.  If you need to refer to additional characters, look under the Accents tab.

  1. Accent Codes
    1. Windows Alt Codes
    2. Windows International Keyboard
    3. Macintosh Accent Codes
  2. Italian or International Keyboards (New Page)
  3. HTML Accent Codes
    1. Language Codes: it
    2. Selected Dialect/Languages: co (Corsican), sc (Sardinian)
  4. Linux Links

Windows Alt Codes

In Windows, combinations of the ALT key plus a numeric code can be used to type a non-English character (accented letter or punctuation symbol) in any Windows application. More detailed instructions about typing accents with ALT keys are available.  Additional options for entering accents in Windows are also listed in the Accents section of this Web site.

Capital Vowels
Vwl ALT Code
À ALT+0192
È ALT+0200
É ALT+0201
Ì ALT+0204
Ò ALT+0210
Ó ALT+0211
Ù ALT+0217
Lower Vowels
Vwl ALT Code
à ALT+0224
è ALT+0232
é ALT+0233
ì ALT+0236
ò ALT+0242
ó ALT+0243
ù ALT+0249
Other Symbols
Sym ALT Code
º ALT+0186 (Masculine Ordinal)
ª ALT+0170 (Feminine Ordinal)
« ALT+0171 (Left Angle Quote)
» ALT+0187 (Right Angle Quote)

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Windows International Keyboard Codes

In order to use these codes you must activate the international keyboard. Instructions are listed in the Keyboards section of this Web site.

Windows International Keyboard Codes for Italian
Character Description
Grave (Backwards) Accent

(`+V) - Type grave key (upper right), then the vowel.

Acute (Forwards) Accent

('+V) - Type apostrophe (singe quote), then the vowel.

«, »

Right Alt+]      (You must use the Alt key on the Right)

Control+Right Alt+5

Windows Italian Keyboard

If you wish to simulate a non U.S. keyboard, follow the instructions for Activating Keyboard Locales to activate and switch Microsoft keyboards.

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Macintosh Accent Codes

Macintosh Option Codes for Italian
Character Description
Grave (Backwards) Accent

Type Option+`, then then the vowel. For instance, to type à hold down Option+` then type lowercase A. To type À, hold down Option+`, then type capital A.

Acute (Forwards) Accent

Type Option+E, then the vowel.

º, ª

Option+9 (Masculine/Feminine Ordinal Number Markers)

«, »

Shift+Option+\ (Double Angle Quotes)

Shift+Control+2 (may not work for older System 9 fonts)

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HTML Accent Codes

Italian Encoding and Language Tags

These are the codes which allow browsers and screen readers to process data as the appropriate language. All letters in codes are lower case.

See Using Encoding and Language Codes for more information on the meaning and implementation of these codes.

HTML Entity Codes

Use these codes to input accented letters in HTML. For instance, if you want to type caffè you would type caffè.

The numbers in parentheses are the numeric codes assigned in Unicode encoding. For instance, because è is number 232, caffè can also be used to input caffè. These numbers are also used with the Windows Alt codes listed above.

Capital Vowels
Vwl Entity Code
À À (192)
È È (200)
É É (201)
Ì Ì (204)
Ò Ò (210)
Ó Ó (211)
Ù Ù (217)
Lower Vowels
Vwl Entity Code
à à (224)
è è (232)
é é(233)
ì ì(236)
ò ò (242)
ó ó (243)
ù ù (249)
Other Punctuation
Sym Entity Code
º º (186)
ª ª (170)
« « (171)
» » (187)


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Last Modified: Tuesday, 04-Jun-2013 12:39:58 EDT