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Posted: Jan 30, 2006 3:16 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 02 Jun 2005 Posts: 166 Location: Singapore
I know in WinXP, you can change the Langauge and Regional Options to type Korean, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic whatever on MSN, Word or whatever typing applications. The thing is, the fonts will scramble into numbers and symbols once you save the document and revert your settings. Anybody can help me with this? I sending an email to my japanese penpal but I'm afraid that when she opens the mail, all she sees is a load of numbers and gibberish. So my question is, how do you make sure someone is able to view the langauge font you typed correctly? please enlighten me.
Posted: Feb 10, 2006 9:52 am Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
When you are typing in East Asian language in a normal txt file, you cannot save them in ANSI format (unless you want corrupted data). You have to specify the notepad to save them in Unicode, or UTF-8, so that you can open them later and still read them.

Word and Wordpad usually save your document in RichText format so you don't have to worry about that problem. When writing email, as long as you type your letter properly when using East Asian language, i.e. you can read them yourself before sending, it should be readable by your recipient as well. The problem is sometimes your recipient does not have the langauge installed, or he/she doesn't know how to use the proper "Character Encoding" in his/her browser settings.

Your last resort is to send yourself a BCC (blind carbon copy) or CC to see if your email works. You asked how to make sure he/she is able to view the langauge, I'm thinking PDF is your only friend for this problem. That's pretty much the purpose of PDF, i.e. to ensure the document looks exactly on any computer. Smile
Posted: Feb 10, 2006 6:21 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 26 Aug 2005 Posts: 958 Location: Japan
there this one time when my friend posted an online blog in chinese. it seemed that after trying all the possible chiense encoding a lot of people weren't able to read her blog. in the end she decided to take a screen cap of the text, and post her message as a picture.

it's a pain to take picture for every message you write. but if you've tried all the methods that eyn suggested and it still doesn't work, why not just take a screne cap and send it off as an attachment? after all, a picture is worth a thousand words Wink
Posted: Feb 19, 2006 5:58 am Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 16 Jan 2006 Posts: 102 Location: Malaysia
If you use Gmail, I do have a solution. If not, I don't really know how to help.

Change your language settings to Japanese, and it should send. I haven't experienced any problems with that so far.
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