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Can TeleScript programs display "foreign" characters?


All TeleScript software apps (TeleScript AV, TeleScript Pro, and TeleScript JR) are intrinsically Unicode. This means, among other things, that they can display scripts written in virtually any language commonly in use on earth, including Romance Languages, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, etc. Unicode is the standard chacter encoding for most of the world. For example, Google search results pages are display using "charset=utf-8", which is the Unicode character set.

To display scripts properly, use one of the Windows Complete Unicode TrueType Fonts such as Arial Unicode, Lucida Unicode, or Times New Roman Unicode. For some less common languages, you may have to seek out a good Unicode font, although the Windows regional edition generally contain fonts for the locale.

Also, if you need to type in a certain character set, you may want to install the keyboard layout for that language.  This is done using the Windows control panel, Regional and Language Options. Click the "Languages" tab, and then click "Details" to view keyboard layouts that may be installed. A complete discussion of keyboard layouts is far beyond the scope that can be covered here. See Windows Help for additional information. Just press <F1> from the Desktop, then in the "what would you like to do?" box, type in "Unicode". Also, the Penn State University web site has a very complete discussion of Non-English keyboards, character maps, etc. This may be found on the web at:


In most Windows applications, and TeleScript software specifically, "Roman" (or "Latin") extended characters may be entered with multiple key strokes. For example, the Spanish "nyah", may be entered by pressing <Ctrl+Shift+~> (ctrl+tilde), then upper or lower case <N>. The result is this: ñ, or Ñ. The letter "a" with accent may be typed by first pressing <Ctrl + ' > (ctrl + apostrophe), then <A>. The result of this is á. 

NOTE: The font in use must contain the chacter descriptions of these letters to use this input technique. Again... Arial Unicode MS is the most complete font supplied with Windows and, consequently, provides the most ubiquitous  display of international character. On the other hand, most fonts supplied with Windows contain a complete Roman alphabet. Not all specialty fonts contain a complete Roman alphabet. For example, the font, "Raavi", contains descriptions of Gurmukhi characters, but little else.

TeleScript AV is able to display many fonts in one script. This can be helpful when mixing Roman characters with other Unicode ranges. TeleScript Pro, because of multi-window architecture, uses a global font for each scripts. In this case, a complete Unicode font is much more important.

This Wikipedia article on Unicode might be helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode. The Unicode Consortium page, http://www.unicode.org/, is the ultimate resource for Unicode in general. 

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