RE: Unicode characters in Word for Windows 97

From: Murray Sargent (
Date: Thu Aug 26 1999 - 16:18:55 EDT

Word 97 lets you insert the <= symbol using the symbol font and also using
several Western fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, and Tahoma. If you use
the symbol font, you'll get the old SYMBOL_CHARSET character with code 0xA3.
If you use the Western fonts, you'll get the Unicode value of U+2264, which
is written in RTF as \u8804\'3D, where 8804 is the decimal value
corresponding to 226F and \'3D is an approximate fit in the 1252 code page

Naturally the Unicode value is preferable :-), but for your purposes you
need to use the old symbol font. It's possible to write a Word macro to
translate from the Unicode value to the symbol font value, but it'd take a
little effort. Unless you have a lot of these symbols, it would be quicker
to reinsert the symbol font values in place of the Unicode ones.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Magda Danish (Unicode) []
> Sent: Thursday, August 26, 1999 9:22 AM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: FW: Unicode characters in Word for Windows 97
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kimpton, Dione []
> Sent: Thursday, August 26, 1999 8:09 AM
> To: ''
> Subject: Unicode characters in Word for Windows 97
> I am writing from Butterworths Publishers Ltd in London where we are
> running
> Word 97 on Windows NT. We have an internal database that does not support
> unicode characters and as such we don't use them on material that will be
> loaded onto it. We have a problem with an RTF document that was styled and
> some symbol characters added, 'less than or equal to ' and 'greater than
> or
> equal to' symbols, that are appearing as unicode (u8804\ '3d and u8805\
> '3d). We are not sure how these characters got there. As far as we are
> aware
> there are three ways of creating the symbols we wanted in word, 1) using
> the
> 'Insert symbol function, 2) using the Alt key and appropriate number and
> 3)
> using the character map. All of these have a different RTF string, but
> none
> of them match the unicode string that we have in this document. We would
> like to know how these characters may have got there, is it font related,
> is
> word switching automatically, any light you can shed would be gratefully
> appreciated.
> Attached is a sample of the material with the four versions of the
> symbols.
> Many thanks
> Di Kimpton
> Legislation Direct Manager
> Statutes Database
> 0171 400 2990
> <<Unicode problem.rtf>>
> << File: Unicode problem.rtf >>

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