Unicode Issues

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at economy-x-talk.com
Sat Mar 23 13:06:35 EDT 2013

Hi Ender Nafi,

Try this: http://qery.us/3d6

It works in LC 5.5.4.

It took me quite some time to find the promised unicode improvements in 
5.5, but I´ve found 2 now: the unicodeText of menu buttons and the 
ability to refer to characters in double-byte strings.

Best regards,

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On 3/23/2013 17:56, Ender Nafi Elekçioğlu wrote:
> Hello,
> I've developed 17 apps with LiveCode and the unicode has been always an issue.
> I wonder why RunRev doesn't bring a total solution for this.
> There are so many developers around there whose native language is not english,
> thus developing localized apps via LiveCode.
> There are germans, spanish, french, chinese, japanese, korean, russian, …….
> Isn't this a pre-historic issue, I mean which modern development platform doesn't support utf-8 natively?
> Which one does need continuous conversions?
> I could solve all the unicode related problems in my iOS apps, but at my current project I'm stuck.
> The app's intended for windows platform.
> I have a bunch of option menu buttons which consist different categories.
> The user should be able to add or remove categories selecting the appropriate item in the button.
> Here is a sample stack:
> http://cloud.keehuna.com/0t3c1U3M0A3f
> It works fine with english but when I tried to enter non-ascii chars like "ç,ş,ğ,ı,ö,ü";
> it got all messed up.
> And I couldn't figure out how  :/
> I tried to use a different approach as writing my own converter functions using *numToChar()* and *charToNum()*;
> but they don't produce consistent results.
> For example;
> __set the useUnicode to true
> __put numToChar(112) into url("file:" & specialFolderPath("desktop") & "/test.txt")
> puts "p" into the file
> but
> __set the useUnicode to true
> __put numToChar(351) into url("file:" & specialFolderPath("desktop") & "/test.txt")
> puts only an underscore where it should put "ş" into the file.
> What should I do; change my clients' native language?
> Sorry to talk angry but come on; unicode issues in 2013?
> I don't get pissed off about the lack of powerful animation options
> or poor performance of image editing
> or no 3d support or anything else…
> It's just basic, simple text editing.
> Is this too much to ask?
> Well ok, back to my question;
> what am I doing wrong,
> what should I do to fix my app?
> Any insights much appreciated, thank you...
> Kind Regards,
> ~ Ender Nafi

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