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Re: Need contact to solve ntEmacs problems with accented characters

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Need contact to solve ntEmacs problems with accented characters
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 08:01:46 +0300 (IDT)

On Tue, 27 Aug 2002, Ryszard Kubiak wrote:

>     GNU Emacs 21.1.1 (i386-msvc-nt5.0.2195) of 2001-10-22 on buffy
> and the system where I experience problems with printing is Windows 2000.
> The coding used for accented characters is cp1250, as you probably 
> know. I work with MULE with the settings that I quote below. The 
> printer is a network one, connected to an NT server.
> I had made experiments using the method you described in yor letter (setting
> a coding prior to lpr-buffer). The codings I experimented with were 
> iso-8859-2, cp1250 and cp852. All gave similar bad results -- the 
> accented characters were badly printed.

What happens if you change the value of printer-name so that the printed 
text goes to a disk file?  Can you then visit that file with "C-x RET c 
CODING RET C-x C-f", where CODING is the same encoding you used with 

If this experiment succeeds, then Emacs is doing what it's supposed to 
do, and the cause of your problem is in the printer setup: it might not 
support the character sets you are trying to use.

Could you please describe in more detail what does ``accented characters 
were badly printed'' mean?  How exactly are they printed? what do you see 
on paper?

> I very much suspect that my problem with printing may be somehow related
> with two other ones which I've encountered. Namely,
> 1. Dired's directory badly displays accented characters though the coding
> used there is cp1250.
> 2. Font selection in --unibyte mode does not work. Whatever font I select,
> using methods
> described in the documentation and avrious FAQs, the accented characters
> seem to come from latin-1.

No, I think these problems are different ones.  The problem with Dired 
should be solved by setting file-name-coding-system to latin-2 or cp1250.

> Are you capable of working with cp1250 characters in your environment so
> that you can judge the results?

Yes, but I don't have a printer capable of printing those characters, so 
I cannot test lpr-buffer with cp1250.

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