Unicode and Java TextAreas

From: Richard Kunst (rkunst@duke.edu)
Date: Tue Apr 28 1998 - 17:49:35 EDT

Back in February Glen Perkins and Leong Kok Yong wrote about being
able to write and display the full Unicode character set on Canvases,
in menus, on buttons, etc. What about TextAreas and TextFields?

No matter what we do, any characters beyond the local code page of
the machine are turned into characters in the local code page or
replaced with ASCII question marks. Sun's Java Workshop seems to be
capable of writing and displaying Unicode characters in what appears
to be a TextArea in their IDE--don't know how they do it.

Any suggestions?

Rick Kunst

On Tue, 3 Feb 1998 14:02:34 -0800 (PST) Glen Perkins
<gperkins@netcom.com> wrote:
> Leong Kok Yong wrote:
> > You need to tweak your font.properties file to use a Unicode font and the
> > font must contain the glyph for Hebrew. Also, you can draw it on Canvas
> > but not a AWT widget like button or menu i think, correct me if i'm wrong.
> >
> You're not wrong, but everyone doing i18n work in Java should be using the new
> JFC ("swing") replacements for the old AWT components. I have no trouble using
> mixed C, J, & K in menus, on buttons, etc. on a US Win95 machine. BiDi is coming
> as part of the Java2D API, which will be part of the core in Java 1.2.

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