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When in need to enter special character inside emacs you can quote it with “C-q” and enter the octal character code, so for instance to type “ñ” you will do: “C-q 361

I found a thorough description of iso-latin-1 on the web, plus a great deal of general info on character and encodings available there as well http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/chars/index.html

Within emacs it’s easy to pull any charset-table by doing “M-x list-charset-chars“, say if we type latin-iso8859-1 at the prompt the program shows:

character set

Then, for specifics about any character, simply highlight it and do “M-x describe-char” to get a full detailed view like:

character: ñ (241, #o361, #xf1)
preferred charset: latin-iso8859-1
(Right-Hand Part of ISO/IEC 8859/1 (Latin-1): ISO-IR-100)
code point: 0x71
syntax: w which means: word
category: .:Base, j:Japanese, l:Latin
buffer code: #xC3 #xB1
file code: #xF1 (encoded by coding system iso-latin-1-unix)
display: by this font (glyph code)
uniscribe:-outline-Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-normal-normal-normal-mono-13-*-*-*-c-*-iso8859-1 (#x78)

Character code properties: customize what to show
name: LATIN SMALL LETTER N WITH TILDE
old-name: LATIN SMALL LETTER N TILDE
general-category: Ll (Letter, Lowercase)
decomposition: (110 771) (‘n’ ‘̃’)

There are text properties here:
charset latin-iso8859-1

Awesome power!

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