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Re: getting unicode chars to show on Windows

From: Xah Lee
Subject: Re: getting unicode chars to show on Windows
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 04:35:58 -0700 (PDT)
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On Aug 25, 8:21 pm, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:38:02 -0500
> > From: "B. T. Raven" <address@hidden>
> > Could the glyphs that still show up as boxes (math, industrial,
> > computing, etc.) be made to appear if a fontset is used?
> I think so, but for me they appear without any customizations at all.
> > Why don't the ipa Symbols appear? They are part of Arial Unicode.
> I don't know enough about these issues.  I suggest to submit a bug
> report with "M-x report-emacs-bug".

thanks Raven & Eli.

humm... it show for you Eli out of the box. Strange.

i don't have Arial Unicode MS, since it is part of Windows Office and
OS X 10.5 both i don't have.

my current choice is Lucida Sans Unicode, which provide the most
unicode chars among my choices, but is not monospaced font. Works out
well, except dired, and unusable in M-x calendar. The unicode here
also lacks a lot, e.g. half of the bottom page's chars won't show
but still is the font that shows the most on my machine.

Code2000 shows almost all the unicode, but the font is so bad... it's
not readable.

Fixsys is not too bad, too dark and thick for me. It doesn't show more
unicode than Lucida Sans Unicode. (it's bitmapped font. However,
there's a TrueType version you can download from the web)

Courier New and Lucida Console are both very good. monospaced, but
they don't show that much unicode except the most basic ones.

am guessing the problem really needs to be solved by some sort of font
substitution. Browsers apparantly are all doing it and perfectly on my
machine since they show all chars without user needing to set fonts.

i guess in emacs that is fontset? I'm not sure if it is just fontset,
or emacs also calls the OS's font api to complete part of the

Eli, what version of emacs are you using? are you sure it's straight
compile from source without customization?

PS (i am pretty sure i posted this yesterday, but can't see the msg in
google groups. This is a repost with some modification. Thanks to
Christian too.)


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