RE: Text entry and rendering

From: Chris Pratley (
Date: Fri Mar 24 2000 - 20:38:14 EST

Gary, IE is returning Unicode values in decimal - that's what 29376 is. You
should be able to handle those on any platform, and the data is independent
of the browser's platform.

IE4/5 support Global IMEs for Chinese input which can be installed on any
Windows system - it doesn’t have to be Chinese. Go to Tools/Windows Update
in IE and scroll down the page of add-ons.

Chris Pratley
Group Program Manager
Microsoft Word

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Bonham []
Sent: Friday, 24 March 2000 9:40 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Text entry and rendering

I have a web site where folks enter text and it's rendered on a gif for them

to grab for other uses (this is a banner making site).

I need to make it accept Chinese, etc., characters (Chinese is the first

direct usage).

Can anyone tell me the most direct and simple way to allow entry in text

boxes in a web site of Chinese characters? These are then to be passed, via

a Post, to a Perl cgi, where they will be written to a text file for later

processing by a C library.

I find I can get entry to sort of work, but Netscape and IE handle the

strings differently. Netscape results in a string of intermixed single and

double byte characters, and IE creates HTML strings like "狀". Both

render back to a web page just fine, but I cannot find how to utilize these

strings in the C library in rendering a string.

Do I HAVE to be on a Chinese Windows system? I would prefer if anyone, on

any system, could enter special characters and have them rendered to the

final graphic properly.

Hope I don't appear TOO ignorant here, but unicode is a very new area for


Gary Bonham

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