# Problem with writing long vowels: why do they appear as double letters?

When I try to write accents or vowel length signs on a vowel, which I recorded as macros, sometimes the letter appears as if I have written it two times. I am using Windows 7, English (US International kb, Times new roman default) on my Fujitsu laptop. I find it easier to use macros for accents or vowel length symbols. I find it easier, because i only have to add the symbol to a letter (i.e. the possibilities are less) and I use it a lot (i.e. it is faster). I use it for transliteration of cuneform texts. Example: I write a + ctrl h (the macro, which i recorded for the sign macron) and expect a with macron. But I get a and another a with macron which partly eclipses the first one. Sometimes it takes a long time to start working correctly

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( 2018-11-05 14:41:00 +0100 )edit

In other words, assume we are using LO, but w/ a system different from yours. We actually have no idea what your environment looks like, so clarify what type of computer you are using, and exactly what steps you're performing, what you've tried, and what result you got, and what result you expect. Please know that LO runs on many different operating systems. Each has somewhat different interface to key strokes.

( 2018-11-05 17:15:45 +0100 )edit

What language are you using? Normally you would select a Unicode character that will include both the vowel and the accent. Give us an example.

( 2018-11-05 18:36:54 +0100 )edit

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Here is a macro that I have taken from Andrew Pitonyak's Useful Macro Information For OpenOffice.org and modified to insert a macron. I have assigned Alt + H to it and it works for me without any problem.

'Author: Andrew Pitonyak
'email:  andrew@pitonyak.org
Sub InsertMacron
Dim oDoc As Object
Dim oText As Object
Dim oVCurs As Object
Dim oTCurs As Object
oDoc = ThisComponent
oText = oDoc.Text
oVCurs = oDoc.CurrentController.getViewCursor()
oTCurs = oText.createTextCursorByRange(oVCurs.getStart())
'  Place the text to insert here
oText.insertString(oTCurs, "̄", FALSE)
End Sub


Anyway, using a dedicated keyboard layout is a much better method.

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