Unicode support for AIM profiles
kstange at pidgin.im
Sat Dec 22 00:36:09 EST 2007
> So I was checking my contact's AIM profile on Pidgin, and I noticed that
> there is only partial Unicode support for reading the characters typed
> in the AIM profile. While all the characters were Chinese, some of the
> characters appeared to look like a dice that rolled out a 4, and others
> (probably the ones typed into bigger font-sizes) looked like a mega dice
> rolled into a four with drawn instead of filled black dots. Some of the
> Chinese characters looked perfectly normal and readable.
The boxes with four small hex characters in them are unicode replacement
characters. This generally results when Pango cannot find a font that
contains the required characters. You should make sure you have a font
with a complete Chinese character set on your computer.
> For a better picture of what I'm talking about, please check the buddy
> information (AIM profile) of the screen name "Madman886azn"
All the characters show up correctly for me, or at least I assume so, as
I don't know how to read Chinese. However, there are no replacement
> Please have full Unicode support in not only IM messages and Away
> Messages, but also in AIM/MSN/other protocols' buddy profile messages.
Wherever possible, Pidgin already uses UTF-8 internally and/or converts
strings to UTF-8 before displaying them in the UI.
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