Easy Accents – Macrons- Google Doc Add On

A couple of days ago Chris Harte, who was in my group at the Google Academy last year, posted on Google Plus about an Add On to Google Docs ‘Easy Accents‘ that allowed writers to easily use accents when writing.

As I often do I emailed myself the link so I could look at it more when I had a moment.

This afternoon I had a moment.

Dan Baker had originally posted that he had updated the app but sadly the accents didn’t include Māori macrons, only French, German and Spanish. I took it upon myself to ask Daniel if there was a possibility of adding Māori. Dan lives in Missouri and the time zones must be compatible with a Sunday afternoon in New Zealand so there followed a quick flurry of emails and a shared Google doc and within the hour the job was done and being pushed out to Google servers globally.

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So now go to a Google Doc- ADD ONS- get add ons and look for ‘Easy Accents’ or click here directly to add it to Chrome.

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I have not been able to contribute much to Connected Educator Month because of other work commitments but I think that this is what being connected is all about.

I am so impressed with Daniel’s responsiveness I donated to help him along and encourage young developers like him.

7 thoughts on “Easy Accents – Macrons- Google Doc Add On

  1. Allanah,

    My name is Jerica Baker a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post. I think it is awesome that you were able to get an accent added just because you were determined.

  2. Kia ora Jerica,

    Thank you for your comment on my blog post. Getting the macrons for use when writing Māori language in Google was way more than me being determined. Just wanting something does not make it happen.

    Firstly I had to be contributing to social media over a number of years and build a network of connections with people.

    Then I had to do more than just view those connections but become actively involved in creating content on line, which I hope you are starting to do by leaving comments.

    By good fortune Daniel responded to my request for assistance and had the skill and inclination to support my request.

    I trust your building of your networks to support learners continues well.



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  3. Thanks Allanah – was just googling how to get macrons in Google docs and this post came up! Yours gratefully, Rachel 🙂

  4. Thanks for the information on macros. I’m learning Latin and need to use the Maori (go figure!) macrons to write. This app gives a window to the side of the document and you need to take your fingers off of the keyboard and on to the mouse to pick your macron. Not very quick. You might try this;
    where at least you can type everything out and then cut and paste to a Google Doc. Lexilogos has keyboard macros which speed things along.

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