Just to add, TextInput, TextArea and RichTextEditor all support pasting.
ALT+numbers? Last time I used that technique was about 10 years ago. At that time, unicode was not what I used. Some fonts were there where the same ASCII codes were bound to display the characters in our language.
Now we just directly type in our own language. US keyboard events are captured by an intermediate translator at the OS level (for example SCIM for Linux) which outputs unicode that are directed to the caret position (of the editor, text fields, and so on). Same is true for Windows.
I just cannot imagine why you guys are talking about ALT+numbers unicode entry.
Also have a look at this: http://bugs.adobe.com/jira/browse/FP-40
I confirm the problem is found even in Windows Vista. I didn't try in other OSes. But people have mentioned that even in XP and other Windows releases the same problem is found.
This is a real show stopper. We really didn't think that a very fundamental need like this would be missing in Flex. How exactly are we to write internationalized applications that requires users to type text? Nothing is avaliable in the docs that I have gone through so far even though many details about resouce bundles, fonts etc are discussed at great lenghths.