With GSOC 2017 refactoring of Special Character dialog we've removed the "Characters:" string buffer. Characters are now directly picked & placed into document one by one with support for Recently used and Favorite glyphs.
Removed from the refactored GUI was its edit buffer, where in the past we could assemble picked unicode glyphs and combining diacritics into text strings to be pasted into the document.
While not of immediate use to our Benjamin users, it is a basic requirement for any polyglot user, or the Eve user who occasionally has to prepare paragraph text with alternate scripts.
It is very useful IME for alternate language script input without having to change paragraph languag or keyboard mappings.
Providing an edit buffer field, or dialog frame, to use the CharMap selected font to assemble picked glyphs into strings, or full sentences, would be great. Additional bells and whistles might include spellcheck and application of style to the buffer string.
Wouldn't restore the field but open to discuss a tab with expert features. There are a couple of specialized tools that could be the basis.
*** Bug 117079 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***