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Yes I know the user name textbox says that only [0-9 A-Z a-z] are allowed but I see users all the time with things like this:

Johannes Rössel

I know there probably using foreign keyboard layouts, but I was just wondering if I can add them to my name.

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I think you got it now :) –  Jeff Atwood Aug 10 '09 at 0:53
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@Jeff: I was hoping you didn't care that I was abusing the special char's. But hey, this question might actually be helpful to someone in a foreign country. –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 1:17
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Your name looks infected. –  random Aug 10 '09 at 2:16
    
I recently started learning C (that could be the reason). BTW Why the heck isn't anything in C documented!!! EH!!! I'll take your comment as a compliment though. –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 3:15
    
yeah, now it's annoying. Can you switch it back? I don't mind if you do it here, but on Stack Overflow, it's not welcome. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 10 '09 at 3:48
    
Sorry. I'll change it. But it was fun. And I'm breaking it back out on April Fools day! ;-) –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 3:59

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You can always change up your own keyboard layout using Windows. Or you could just insert the special characters yourself if you know the alt-codes.

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I'm on linux (ubuntu). I tried to use the char map in linux but it just inserted things like \u00dd. –  Dexter Aug 9 '09 at 23:57
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Simple answer: stop using ubuntu :) –  TheTXI Aug 9 '09 at 23:58
    
I've got windows 7 but I don't want to reboot (even if it is faster then vista's reboot time). ;-) –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 0:03
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you can use compose keys, compose key tends to be right-alt+shift , and [ralt+shift][o]["] ( seperate presses ) becomes ö . Firefox should also support UIM under linux, and [ctrl+shift+u] will start unicode input. [ctrl+shift+u][0][F][0][space] emits this: ð –  Kent Fredric Aug 10 '09 at 0:04
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@Kent: Those char's aren't accepted by the SO name box. –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 0:12
    
@TheTXI: I rebooted. How awesome does my name look? –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 0:30
    
It turns out I couldn't find any special chars for the letter V. –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 0:53
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how about my name ;) –  alexanderpas Aug 10 '09 at 1:07
    
@sɐdɹǝpuɐxǝʃɐ: Very Nice! –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 1:18

The edit page allows rich (unicode) entry for usernames. Try editing your user profile.

The "ask a question" page did not not, until recently. This was an unintended side effect of JavaScript client-side validation.

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When you say "rich" exactly what do you mean? I've tried using XML decimal entity's but when you type ř it recognizes it as 6 chars, so you get up to the 25 limit very soon. –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 0:15
    
I also tried @Kent Fredric's suggestion and it wouldn't allow those either. –  Dexter Aug 10 '09 at 0:16

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