Target Audience: Software Engineer, Systems Analyst

Level of Session: Beginner

You may be surprised when many Java user interface components don't display Unicode characters correctly. After all, Java's native character set is Unicode. Instead of seeing , you see . What's wrong here? Java is supposed to display these characters, right? The answer is yes, maybe. Correct character display often depends on a little known and less understood file called font.properties. If you've installed Sun's Java Development Kit, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), or a Java enabled browser, you have this file. Having a properly configured font.properties file can make all the difference in whether you see multilingual text or mangled gibberish in your Java application.

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