Persian Decimal Separator

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Behzad Samadi

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Dec 31, 2020, 3:49:55 PM12/31/20
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Hello everyone

I was wondering if you know any way for typing the Persian Decimal Separator (https://codepoints.net/U+066B) on Android phones other than Pixel and OnePlus (pure Android). For some reason, the character has not been added to GBoard yet.

Thank you,

Behzad Samadi

Behdad Esfahbod

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Dec 31, 2020, 4:16:36 PM12/31/20
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Humm. I don't know if Pixel is different from GBoard. If I remember correctly, the Persian decimal separator used to be on longpress slash. I argued for it to be closer to digits and it was moved to its current place. But that was over two years ago (and instigated by you IIRC).

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Shervin Afshar

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Dec 31, 2020, 4:20:19 PM12/31/20
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Hello,

There are multiple ways depending on different factors:
– more convenient: character picker app (e.g. Unicode Charmap)
– less convenient: use web pickers; Richard Ishida has great utilities, or Unicode utilities.
– experimental and untested: side-load Gboard

Hope it helps.

Best regards,
↪ Shervin

Behzad Samadi

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Dec 31, 2020, 5:02:57 PM12/31/20
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Thank you Behdad for your quick reply. Two years ago, when we discussed the issue, I had a OnePlus 5 and I was able to see the character. At the time, my friends who did not have pure Android on their phones could not see the character. Recently, I went back to see if I could find a way to type a character on my Samsung phone. Nothing worked though.

Just now, I went back to our conversation two years ago and I realized that I had missed one step: adding Farsi on Settings/Languages. I am now able to see the character by long pressing 0 on GBoard.

This is exactly where users on Samsung need to add Farsi: Settings/General management/Language and input/Language.

This is awesome! Thank you Shervin for your suggestions. I tried side-loading GBoard. It did not work for me so I uninstalled it and installed Gboard from the Play Store again. It would be good if someone else tries just installing GBoard and adding Farsi as a Language to see if it works.

Thank you all,

Behzad

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Behzad Samadi

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Dec 31, 2020, 5:14:24 PM12/31/20
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It seems that I celebrated too early. I can see the Persian decimal separator on GBoard by long pressing on 0 but it seems that Telegram is not compatible with this feature (it used to be compatible).
On Telegram, I type the character but I get a comma like character. WhatsApp and Skype and default Android apps were fine as far as I tested.

Behdad Esfahbod

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Dec 31, 2020, 5:26:28 PM12/31/20
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Weird. I've never heard of anything like that before...

...well I did a few days ago: Apparently Skype's Android app strips ZWNJs from messages...

I'm told Twitter's "story" feature also does not work if you type Persian...

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