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Should we standardize macrons for long vowels or allow users to mark long vowels with apices?

The macron is the standard way these days to mark long vowels: ā ē ī ō ū And the story is that we started using them once we stopped speaking Latin all the time and forgot where the long vowels ...
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Should we encourage or discourage the use of macrons?

Should the use of macrons be encouraged, discouraged or just accepted? Picking an opponent and proponent at random, Cheryl Lowe says: Macrons in most texts are too dark and create a distracting ...
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How can I type macrons?

I'd like to type macrons on (OS X | Windows | Ubuntu | other), but my keyboard doesn't have an ā key. How can I add macrons to my vowels? I don't want to copy them from this strangely convenient list:...
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