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"Re(3):Japanese Text in WindowsXP" , posted Tue 19 Aug 10:30
You need to do two things to be able to read Japanese text:
1. Add Japanese language support. In previous versions of Windows you had to download the language pack, but starting in XP (or 2000) you only have to go to your language options (Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages). Check "Install files for East Asian languages". It will ask you to reboot (I think).
Additionally, you can go to the Details dialog of "Text services and input languages" section to add support to type Japanese text.
Up to this point you will be able to see Japanese text as long as the application can use the proper font depending on the encoding. Examples of this are Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Netscape. However, most fonts included in Windows do not support Japanese text, so programs that always use the default font (Winamp for example, or pretty much any program with a GUI) won't work. So for that...
2. Change the system's language settings.
Go to the Advanced tab in the same dialog and go to the "Language for non-Unicode programs" section. By default it is English. Make it Japanese and press OK. You will have to reboot.
Now your programs will be able to read and write Japanese text without problems. Also, if you have files with Japanese names you will be able to see the Japanese characters as well. There are some catches, though.
* Some dialog fonts will look different like in Illustrator, and you will see the Japanese yen symbol instead of a backslash for directories.
* If there are multilanguage programs that depend on the system's setting to choose the language, you won't be able to use the program in English. This sucks for me since the Java SDK is an example, so I have to revert back to English when I have to program, so I can't see the Japanese of my Anime/JPop CD rips while programming, nor edit MP3 tags in Japanese).
* If you want to copy or edit files in Japanese, you have to go back to Japanese or the information will be lost to garbage (unless you can explicitly select the text encoding). I lost all my MP3 tags for not doing so when I copied my files from my laptop to the iMac.
And BTW, MacOS's international character support is WAAAAY superior. No need for language settings other than what language you want to type in, which is easily accessible in the menu.
Jabel D. Morales - VMan of Mana.