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I can read OSX dictionaries into a REALbasic program. This works fine on Windows, but on OS 9 the weird pronunciation characters are replaced with question marks.

Then I read this:

--- Quote ---Because OS 9 can't draw Unicode directly; we have to convert to the encoding associated with the font you're using. But our code that does this conversion is clever enough to short-cut the process when your string contains only ASCII characters, and you're converting from one ASCII superset to another (e.g., UTF-8 to MacRoman). That's why it's faster when there are no non-ASCII characters in your string.
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Do I have to install a special Unicode font and script?

I made a test page with all different Unicode characters which are used in the American dictionary.
Then I tried the code2000 font on Windows.
Some characters were missing.

I didn't find such a font for OS 9.

Is it possible to convert OSX fonts to OS 9 fonts?


--- Quote from: OS923 on April 25, 2016, 07:31:34 AM ---Is it possible to convert OSX fonts to OS 9 fonts?

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If the fonts are in truetype format, then it can work on Mac Os 9. But you'll need a converter, probably.

BTW: Long time ago I had worked in a little project that use unicode text. I have used the WASTE text engine to deal with UTF8 and UTF16 encodings.
ATSUI and WorldScript II can be used also.

I'm going to try the Google Noto fonts.

REALbasic 5.5.5 has unicode support, but some characters are drawn as 2 characters, like a letter followed by an accent.

I had 2 possible solutions:

* draw the special characters as pictures.
* make a temporary HTML file and open it in the browser.I consider doing them both.


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