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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 2:57:23 PM

Forum posters and site employees often want to use the cents symbol, ¢, in their texts, but evidently don't know how. When looking at Canadian prices, I find that the website text itself omits this symbol, typing instead "c/L" when "¢/L" is appropriate. Here's how to type "¢" on PC computers:

The <Num Lock> key should be engaged for the number keypad. Hold down the <Alt> key, and while holding it down, type ON THE NUMBER KEYPAD TO THE RIGHT these numbers in this order: 0 1 6 2. Then release the <Alt> key.

Laptop computer users, who may not have a separate number keypad, usually have those numbers in, say, blue, on keys in the center of the regular keyboard. Those numbers are commonly keyed in by holding down a blue <Fn> or other <Function> button while pressing the key that has that number in blue. In this case, users must hold down down first the <Alt> key, then the <Fn> key, and then enter the 0 1 6 2 sequence in the appropriate number keys, and then release the <Fn> and <Alt>.

This probably works on Macs as well, but I don't have one on which to test.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 7:10:07 PM

Motty - "And, no, Don, I don't intend to post the cash price. Doing so is selling out to the gas sellers. This website is here to aid the gas buyers, and announcing the low-ball price is not the way to do that."

I'm not entirely sure when the discussion took a turn toward cash and credit prices however, here's the on how to properly report cash/credit prices on GasBuddy.

In areas where cash/credit prices apply, ultimately the cash price is the lowest price available to everyone (outside of club member discounts or other promotional discounts).

Usually it's the cash price displayed on the sign, or both cash and credit prices are displayed where both are required.

Not entirely sure how that's selling out to the retailers. If anything, paying with cash spares both you and the retailed covering the cost of your card swipe.

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Champion Author Chicago

Joined:Feb 2011
Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:44:12 PM

scoutmaster: It does not look like this is a Suggestion for an improvement, rather a quick how to. My personal preference is to stick with .04 rather than 4¢ because it is consistent with how prices are reported and quicker (fewer key strokes).

Motty price updates are to be reported for the cash rather than credit. Reporting otherwise would be misleading to other members who come here to compare prices. If you wish to report a credit price, you can do so in the comments.

All that is explained in the FAQ's so you may want to give it a look.
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Champion Author Vancouver

Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:07:29 PM

Talk about a double negative.
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Rookie Author Baltimore

Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:46:29 PM

I've no idea what's in the FAQ list. I haven't been there in years.

I thought that for those who care to do it right, and like me didn't know about the FAQ, I'd make it known how to type ¢. The website staff certainly should use it instead of c/L, (and shouldn't put an apostrophe in the possessive pronoun "its") but, hey, good help is hard to find.

I for one use it when posting gas stations' credit prices. In the comments I write "Credit/debit price. Cash is 4¢/gal less" and in this way I notify users of both the plastic and the cash prices, and fit it in the allotted field. So I find it useful, and so does a buddy whose peregrinations take him through my area, and who wants to report prices completely as I do.

And, no, Don, I don't intend to post the cash price. Doing so is selling out to the gas sellers. This website is here to aid the gas buyers, and announcing the low-ball price is not the way to do that.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 1:05:03 PM

This seems more of a personal preference thing than anything.

For most people it's much easier to enter "c/L" - it's not often that c/L is frequently misunderstood, especially when referring to gas prices.

The cent symbol is used to replaced the word cent in it's entirely, however "cents-per-litre" is easily translated to "c/L"

Feel free to use "¢/L" if you wish.


[Edited by: Don at 4/4/2013 1:06:34 PM EST]
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Champion Author Pittsburgh

Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:13:27 AM

Is this a suggestion or tutorial?
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Champion Author San Jose

Joined:Jul 2001
Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:40:08 PM

Note that this is already in the FAQ list, though it was copied without properly quoting the ampersands, so it reads as nonsense. (This has been reported as a bug in the past, but has yet to be fixed.)

In a part of the FAQ entry that is *not* garbled, it says [for the cent sign] "On a MacOS machine, hold down the Option key and press the (regular) number 4 key. Key combinations for other symbols can be found with the Key Caps utility."

On my GNU/Linux box, I've remapped an otherwise useless key to generate Compose. Now I just type [Compose][c][/] for the cent sign, [Compose][u]["] for an umlaut, etc. This way I don't have to memorize obscure numeric codes.
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Champion Author Sacramento

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:19:58 PM

Since GB does not modify entered HTML entities IN FORUM MSGS*, you can just use those. A numbered entity or a named entity will both produce the desired symbol as can be seen in this test of both:

&‌#162 = ¢
&‌cent; = ¢

BTW, as Gas_Buddy has already usurped the picayune issue of posting in the wrong category (thus skewering a conscientious fellow member desiring to aid his other fellow members), I am left only with the equally picayune complaint that key names should be enclosed in square brackets, e.g. [Alt], [Enter], rather than angle brackets. (This also applies to key combinations, e.g. [Alt-C], [Ctrl-Alt-Delete]). :-)

*Elsewhere, you should test.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 4/3/2013 8:23:26 PM EST]
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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 3:57:21 PM

Is the Gas Buddy improvement suggestion that Gas Buddy makes a readily available "cents symbol"? Or is it that Gas Buddy members and Gas Buddy staff remember the Num Lock/Alt key/0162 shortcut?

If it's the latter, I doubt that many people will remember it, or will think to come to this discussion category to check for how to insert the "cents symbol" (but that's just my opinion).

Or is there something else to the suggestion (that I might not understand)?
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