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On RISC OS 5 to support NetSurf printing:

Many thanks for the pointers, jmb!

 is a RISC OS Userwillb on 8/11/07 1:14PM
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On RISC OS 5 to support NetSurf printing:

Thanks, jmb! Looks like I'll have to buy a copy of EFF's utility, then! Looking forward to trying this out...

Do you have any plans to module-ise RUfl? I'm guessing an SWI interface would encourage more people to program with it. I know most of the larger apps out there are probably coded in C now anyway, but it's a shame that BASIC programmers can't use RUfl at the moment.

 is a RISC OS Userwillb on 8/11/07 11:38AM
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On RISC OS 5 to support NetSurf printing:

Yes - I realise that you need more than just a UCS font manager for apps to work correctly with Unicode! If only it were that simple! Thanks for the source code pointers; I'm trying to get to grips with just how well RO5 handles UTF8 without actually having a machine that can run RO5 - not easy!

I suppose what I really wanted to ask was, if you could softload the UCS font manager on RO4 or 6, had a suitable font (converted from TTF with the EFF's tool, for example), and ran an app that was Unicode-aware like Netsurf, would font display work properly? Does Netsurf check the font manager version number, or the OS version number to decide how to interface with the font manager, I wonder?

The system font issue is interesting. Any hanzi or kanji really need twice the width of roman letters to be drawn sensibly, so I think single and double-width characters are a must, as you say, not just for Japanese, but for Chinese and Korean, too (and probably other languages).

I'd be very interested to see the Unicode-aware version of !Chars. Hopefully it'll surface sometime soon! Actually, there's a tantalising screenshot on the rufl website ([link]) that looks a bit like a Unicode-aware !Chars...

 is a RISC OS Userwillb on 8/11/07 10:43AM
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On RISC OS 5 to support NetSurf printing:

In reply to wuerthne:

Thanks for the info. I guessed there wouldn't be any fonts freely available! Perhaps when I've got a spare couple of hours, I'll try to softload the RO5 font manager onto my a9home and see what happens!

 is a RISC OS Userwillb on 7/11/07 2:41PM
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On RISC OS 5 to support NetSurf printing:

In reply to bavison:

What happens if I want to display, say, Chinese glyphs under RO4 or 6 now, then? Are there fonts available from ROOL? And is it even possible to specify the system alphabet as UTF8 on non-RO5 versions? (I'm guessing not!) However, looking at the UCS FM spec on Castle's website, it seems you can force a particular encoding when you request a font handle, so maybe that would work?

Has anyone tried using the RO5 FM on RO4 or 6 in this way?

 is a RISC OS Userwillb on 7/11/07 7:40AM
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