where the CTRL and SHIFT keys are held down while the hex digits XXXXXX are being typed. Type as many digits as necessary. They will be printed as digits temporarily, and then will compose themselves into the character when the CTRL-SHIFT are released.
Versions change, and bugs abound, so "your mileage may vary," but I've noticed that in The GIMP 2.2.8 on SuSE Linux 10.0 typing U+025B (epsilon) in a font that doesn't seem to support it simply causes The GIMP to switch to a different font where it is supported. The only thing that puzzles me is that this happens for fonts which, I'm pretty sure, do have an epsilon.
In contrast to the behavior of The GIMP, Inkscape (0.43, on SuSE 10.0) seems to get U+025B (epsilon) in various fonts which I'm guessing have it (e.g., Bitstream Vera Sans, Adobe Helvetica), but only in "Regular"; in (say) "Bold" the character switches inexplicably to phi, while in Oblique to gamma. Curious. Some fonts as installed do seem to work through at least Greek and the IPA, however, including IPAGothic/IPAMincho (perhaps not a surprise).
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