RE: query

From: Carl W. Brown (
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 12:33:38 EDT


Double byte enabling DOS is no minor feat. It is not a driver but a new
operating system. If you are tight on memory your applications may not run
because the DBCS support adds overhead. About 5 years ago we gave up on
DBCS DOS projects because they were too much grief. Hardware is not that
expensive any more. The excuse no longer holds up. Considering that a good
Chinese font is 3-10Mb, using DOS just does not make sense.


-----Original Message-----
From: Magda Danish (Unicode) []
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2000 2:05 PM
To: Unicode List
Subject: FW: query

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniels, Joshua []
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2000 2:41 PM
To: ''
Subject: query

Dear Sir:

I'm the international business development manager for PSC and have been
tasked with researching the best method for localizing our portable data
collector products. These products are DOS (Datalite) based portable
computers with integrated lasers that read barcodes. They are basically
mini-PCs with proprietary BIOS, but are fully PC compatible. They do not,
however, run Windows because of memory and display limitations.

We are trying to figure out the best method of integrating Chinese
double-byte font support into our product. We understand that this can be
done by developing a proprietary driver and then purchasing the appropriate
font set. However, we'd like to know other options. I was hoping you could
tell me whether Unicode might work, and if not what other possibilities
might exist.


Joshua Daniels
International Business Development Manager
PSC Inc.

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