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Title: Non-English font characters
Post by: Stumblin Stumbleweed on April 20, 2014, 10:00:12 AM
For some unfathomable reason, the forum doesn't seem to recognise "foreign" characters, such as e with an acute accent, u with umlaut etc.
Can this be fixed, we are, after all, supposed to be an international community.
It's also very frustrating to find that, having typed a word correctly, one's acute accented e has been replaced by a question mark.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: jgiffin on April 20, 2014, 12:00:50 PM
I saw "create option for non-English font characters" on the to-do list.

Unfortunately, it was right under "make dudeist membership cards" and, well, that's been in the works a while now.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: DigitalBuddha on April 20, 2014, 05:47:54 PM
For some unfathomable reason, the forum doesn't seem to recognise "foreign" characters, such as e with an acute accent, u with umlaut etc.
Can this be fixed, we are, after all, supposed to be an international community.
It's also very frustrating to find that, having typed a word correctly, one's acute accented e has been replaced by a question mark.

Run your question and comment by ForumDude, he's the best to ask. 8)
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: BikerDude on April 20, 2014, 08:05:08 PM
You can do it letter by letter by copying and pasting from the Character Map application in windows.
http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/charmap.html (http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/charmap.html)

I'm using linux but there are similar apps. Kcharselect app works for me..

ű
ē
ţ
Ƶ

Etc....
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: Hominid on April 22, 2014, 09:25:38 PM
You can do it letter by letter by copying and pasting from the Character Map application in windows.
http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/charmap.html (http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/charmap.html)

I'm using linux but there are similar apps. Kcharselect app works for me..

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Etc....

Not to hijack the thread, but - what's your flavour of Linux? 
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: jdurand on April 22, 2014, 11:19:19 PM
Ubuntu 12.04 with partial upgrade (to support newer program versions) here and on our web server.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: Hominid on April 22, 2014, 11:32:29 PM
Ubuntu is pretty sweet, although Windows 7 isn't bad... I still get to play in Photoshop.  Ya, older versions run in WINE, but you can't print from it.   Maybe things have changed since 2 years ago?
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: jdurand on April 23, 2014, 12:08:27 AM
My printer doesn't have Linux drivers so I have to turn on an XP system to print.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: Hominid on April 23, 2014, 05:32:39 AM
...and the various free Office clones simply can't do labels like the real McCoy.  As much as I love Linux, these small annoyances keep me trapped in the Microsoft universe in the desktop world.  But - Linux is cleaning up in the business & technology world.  Just about every new telco product is Linux-based, even replacing its expensive counterpart, Solaris.  Then there's "the cloud"...
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: Yeti on April 24, 2014, 05:06:55 AM
My printer doesn't have Linux drivers so I have to turn on an XP system to print.

Dude! You need a new printer! Seriously, chuck that thing out a window.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: BikerDude on April 24, 2014, 06:10:52 PM
You can do it letter by letter by copying and pasting from the Character Map application in windows.
http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/charmap.html (http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/charmap.html)

I'm using linux but there are similar apps. Kcharselect app works for me..

?
?
?
?

Etc....

Not to hijack the thread, but - what's your flavour of Linux? 

Open Suse.
http://www.opensuse.org/en/ (http://www.opensuse.org/en/)

I've been on that for some time now. But I'd say Fedora would be my second choice.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: BikerDude on April 24, 2014, 06:33:22 PM
My printer doesn't have Linux drivers so I have to turn on an XP system to print.
I've been able to find drivers in the past. Try here for a start.
http://www.openprinting.org/drivers (http://www.openprinting.org/drivers)
Usually Googling for linux drivers for the printer model turns up something.

Our current printer I was able get the drivers from the installation CD. I had to poke around to find them but they were on the CD.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: BikerDude on April 24, 2014, 06:42:47 PM
...and the various free Office clones simply can't do labels like the real McCoy.  As much as I love Linux, these small annoyances keep me trapped in the Microsoft universe in the desktop world.  But - Linux is cleaning up in the business & technology world.  Just about every new telco product is Linux-based, even replacing its expensive counterpart, Solaris.  Then there's "the cloud"...

I've found Open Office up to the task for 99% of stuff.
You can use Gimp to do most of what you do in Photoshop.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: Hominid on April 24, 2014, 08:01:05 PM
...and the various free Office clones simply can't do labels like the real McCoy.  As much as I love Linux, these small annoyances keep me trapped in the Microsoft universe in the desktop world.  But - Linux is cleaning up in the business & technology world.  Just about every new telco product is Linux-based, even replacing its expensive counterpart, Solaris.  Then there's "the cloud"...

I've found Open Office up to the task for 99% of stuff.
You can use Gimp to do most of what you do in Photoshop.


Been down that road already.  I'll often edit a file in 32 bit mode to avoid "combing", which GIMP can't do (limited to 16 bit, unless of course it's changed of late.) 
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: jdurand on April 24, 2014, 11:36:09 PM

Dude! You need a new printer! Seriously, chuck that thing out a window.

No windows in the office, we don't have an open office (but do use Libre Office) so I can't chuck it anywhere other than here.
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: Hominid on April 24, 2014, 11:40:45 PM
You're such a punny guy...
Title: Re: Non-English font characters
Post by: HnauHnakrapunt on August 29, 2020, 07:32:38 AM
I have found that sooner or later any kind of forum will turn some special characters into question marks. Especially when the official language of the forum is different than the one you intend to use - but I have seen monolingual forums with this problem too, for instance when using some math symbols. Try the Character Map or some similar solution first. If it does not look right - either simplify the spelling or use an image for this special occasion. Simplifying is not a crime, some foreigners probably won't get the difference anyway, as I learned when I tried to make my mum pronounce 'van Gogh' the way it should be pronounced in Dutch. The reaction was: 'but the whole world pronounces it differently!'