Re: Unicode and Word

Date: Mon Jan 03 2000 - 13:00:03 EST

       Bill Mallon wrote:

> Mark-
> I hope this question isn't too trivial for you. I write
       material about > the Olympics and for the International Olympic
       Committee and have been
> hampered by lack of support in ASCII for many of the foreign
> diacriticals. Unicode is a perfect solution. I do have
       Microsoft Word > 2000 and Visual FoxPro 6.0 which is how I
       input most of the data. Is > there any shorthand way to insert
       a Unicode character in those programs
> short of going into Insert->Symbol, and choosing the
> Unicode?

       As Edward Cherlin indicated, it's really necessary to know more
       details about what's needed. Keyboards provided with Windows
       may have the necessary characters, though (not knowing what
       languages he is working with) Bill might need to switch
       frequently among many.

       EC>Have you activated the International keyboard that comes
       Windows? It provides for typing letters with six diacritics
       (acute, grave, circumflex, dieresis, tilde, ring). Look in the
       Keyboard control panel.

       Edward: I'm not familiar with "the International keyboard". Do
       you mean activating "multilingual support", which allows
       support for multiple keyboard layouts?

       Janko Stamenovic mentioned his keyboard generator, which works
       on Win95 and Win98. It's important to be aware of certain
       limitations on those operating systems: there is no way to send
       an application a Unicode character code from an input method;
       it is only possible to send an 8-bit character code (or
       sequence of such) which an app can then translate to Unicode
       via a codepage. (Well, actually, it would be possible to
       develop a proprietary solution in which an app can get Unicode
       characters from an input method manager, but that involves a
       proprietary app, and won't work for Word.) Janko's solution
       will only work provided there is a codepage that includes the
       needed Unicode characters, and a given keyboard layout can
       access characters from only one codepage. As far as I can tell
       from looking at the shareware version of his program, it can
       only work with one particular codepage, the default system
       codepage. On Bill's system, that probably means cp1252 (the
       so-called "US ANSI" codepage). This may or may not include the
       characters Bill is looking for.

       Chris Fynn mentioned the Tavultesoft Keyboard Manager
       ("Keyman"). This tool allows you to write your own keyboard
       description. It can include dead keys, use of control keys,
       context-sensitive rules - it's very powerful. Version 5 will
       support generation of Unicode characters, but it works only on
       WinNT/2000. Version 4.x works on Win95/98, but it has the same
       limitation I mentioned for Janko's program of relying on the
       default codepage (Keyman was originally designed to be used
       with non-standard "hacked" fonts). Version 5 could be a very
       good choice, if Bill is using NT.

       Hope this is of help.


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