Displaying Japanese characters

Hi.

I need to be able to see Japanese characters in the editor.

Everything with our web app works fine (I see the characters in the
browser so my OS / browser is set up for Japanese), but it seems that
the IDEA editor only shows the simple characters and not the complex
ones (I know they have names, I appologize for my ignorance).

Should I try different fonts?

I already set the file format to UTF-8.

Thanks,
Amnon

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Everything with our web app works fine (I see the characters in the
browser so my OS / browser is set up for Japanese), but it seems that
the IDEA editor only shows the simple characters and not the complex
ones (I know they have names, I appologize for my ignorance).


There are two simple alphabets: katakana (generally used for words
borrowed from other languages and sound effects) and hiragana (used for
some words and suffixes to kanji)

The more complex characters are called kanji and are derived from
Chinese characters.

Should I try different fonts?


It's quite likely that the font the editor is using may only have the
katakana and hiragana symbols. You'd need either a specialised Japanese
font or one of the versions of Arial or somesuch that contain almost the
full Unicode character set.

Ciao,
Gordon

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Hmm... None of the fonts I can switch to shows all the characters.

Any Japanese people here that can give me a font or point me to one?


Thanks,
Amnon

Gordon Tyler wrote:
>> Everything with our web app works fine (I see the characters in the
>> browser so my OS / browser is set up for Japanese), but it seems that
>> the IDEA editor only shows the simple characters and not the complex
>> ones (I know they have names, I appologize for my ignorance).


There are two simple alphabets: katakana (generally used for words
borrowed from other languages and sound effects) and hiragana (used for
some words and suffixes to kanji)

The more complex characters are called kanji and are derived from
Chinese characters.

>> Should I try different fonts?


It's quite likely that the font the editor is using may only have the
katakana and hiragana symbols. You'd need either a specialised Japanese
font or one of the versions of Arial or somesuch that contain almost the
full Unicode character set.

Ciao,
Gordon

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On windows (xp) you get the giant-glyph-set fonts by going to control
panel->regional and language options. The language tab has a checkbox for
east asian languages. As I recall, this will require you to have the
original install CD to get the files from if necessary.

On Wed, 28 Sep 2005 12:42:21 -0700, Amnon I. Govrin <nomail@jetbrains.com>
wrote:

Hmm... None of the fonts I can switch to shows all the characters.

>

Any Japanese people here that can give me a font or point me to one?

>
>

Thanks,
Amnon

>

Gordon Tyler wrote:

>>> Everything with our web app works fine (I see the characters in the
>>> browser so my OS / browser is set up for Japanese), but it seems that
>>> the IDEA editor only shows the simple characters and not the complex
>>> ones (I know they have names, I appologize for my ignorance).
>> There are two simple alphabets: katakana (generally used for words
>> borrowed from other languages and sound effects) and hiragana (used for
>> some words and suffixes to kanji)
>> The more complex characters are called kanji and are derived from
>> Chinese characters.
>>
>>> Should I try different fonts?
>> It's quite likely that the font the editor is using may only have the
>> katakana and hiragana symbols. You'd need either a specialised Japanese
>> font or one of the versions of Arial or somesuch that contain almost
>> the full Unicode character set.
>> Ciao,
>> Gordon
>>



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Amnon I. Govrin wrote:

Hmm... None of the fonts I can switch to shows all the characters.

Any Japanese people here that can give me a font or point me to one?


As Charles says, if you're running Windows 2000 or XP, you can enable
Japanese language support in your regional settings. It will require the
original installation disk to install the fonts.

Ciao,
Gordon

--
Gordon Tyler (Software Developer)
Quest Software <http://www.quest.com/>
260 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5A 4L5, Canada
Voice: (416) 933-5046 | Fax: (416) 933-5001

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Thanks!

Gordon Tyler wrote:

Amnon I. Govrin wrote:

>> Hmm... None of the fonts I can switch to shows all the characters.
>>
>> Any Japanese people here that can give me a font or point me to one?


As Charles says, if you're running Windows 2000 or XP, you can enable
Japanese language support in your regional settings. It will require the
original installation disk to install the fonts.

Ciao,
Gordon

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