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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
@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
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
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
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
@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
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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