Unicode support for AIM profiles

Ka-Hing Cheung khc at hxbc.us
Sat Dec 22 01:04:59 EST 2007

On Fri, 2007-12-21 at 23:36 -0600, Kevin Stange wrote:
> q10 wrote:
> > Hello:
> > 
> > So I was checking my contact's AIM profile on Pidgin, and I noticed that
> > there is only partial Unicode support for reading the characters typed
> > in the AIM profile.  While all the characters were Chinese, some of the
> > characters appeared to look like a dice that rolled out a 4, and others
> > (probably the ones typed into bigger font-sizes) looked like a mega dice
> > rolled into a four with drawn instead of filled black dots.  Some of the
> > Chinese characters looked perfectly normal and readable.
> The boxes with four small hex characters in them are unicode replacement
> characters.  This generally results when Pango cannot find a font that
> contains the required characters.  You should make sure you have a font
> with a complete Chinese character set on your computer.
> > 
> > For a better picture of what I'm talking about, please check the buddy
> > information (AIM profile) of the screen name "Madman886azn"
> All the characters show up correctly for me, or at least I assume so, as
> I don't know how to read Chinese.  However, there are no replacement
> characters.

They all display correctly. What's likely the case here is that you only
have Simplified Chinese fonts and not Traditional Chinese fonts, so you
get boxes for characters than are not in Simplified Chinese.


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