Enabling multilingual support on your computer
The sign of trouble: If you enter several words into the column on the right, then click the "suggest translation" button and only one line of some characters is formed, or you see strange characters or boxes, it means, the language into which you want to translate is not supported by your computer.
The solution: Install support for that language.
- Install support for languages that covers the characters you need. On Windows that will also install optional fonts.
- Configure your browser to use your fonts or leave it to the default.
- Windows XP - to install additional languages:
- Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options and Language Options.
In the Languages tab, check the Supplemental language support option(s) you want. Setting both options will install all optional fonts. This adds fonts as well as system support for these languages.
- Windows 2000 - to install additional languages:
- Start > Settings > Control Panel > Regional Options.
In the General tab, set all the languages you may want to display, the more you set, the more you will be able to process multilingual data through all your applications, including your browser. This adds fonts as well as system support for these languages.
- MacOS X
On Mac OS X, the Safari Web browser includes Unicode support and OmniWeb directly supports Unicode drawing. OmniWeb, however, does not currently provide support for all of Unicode. It can, however, take advantage of Unicode fonts for Windows if properly installed.
- Mac OS 9.x - to install additional languages:
- There are currently no Web browsers which provide direct Unicode drawing on the Mac OS 9.x or earlier. All the browsers use Apple Language Kits and WorldScript to varying degrees to support Unicode and international text.
Language Kits are installed using your Mac OS 9.x installation CD. Launch the Mac OS Install application. Proceed through the initial screens, selecting the appropriate boot disk. When you reach the "Install Software" screen, click on the "Customize" button. This opens up the Custom Installation and Removal dialog box.
Scroll down to "Language Kits." Click on the check box, and then select "Customized Installation" from the installation popup to the right. (It will say "None selected" at first.)
- This brings up a dialog box with a list of all the available language kits. Select the ones you want, or use the menu at the top of the dialog box to select all of them. Proceed with the installation.
- If you already have Mac OS 9.0 installed, you will be asked if you want to add or remove software after you select the installation disk. Click on the "Add/Remove" button. This will bring you to the Custom Installation and Removal dialog box.
The installation procedure is the same for Mac OS 8.6, except that you will be installing "Multilingual Internet Access" instead of Language Kits. For Mac OS 8.5.5 and earlier, it will be necessary to purchase the individual language kits.
- A range of quite comprehensive fixed-width Unicode on-screen pixel fonts for X11/Unix users can be downloaded from http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/ucs-fonts.html or directly as http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/download/ucs-fonts.tar.gz
Check the included README file for detailed installation instructions.
An earlier version of these fonts is already automatically installed when you use the XFree86 4.0 X server, which is the one commonly used under Linux.
The Firefox and Netscape web browsers can make use of these fonts directly and are highly recommended for anyone interested in utilizing Unicode web pages (make sure to use the very latest version though). Just select the "-misc-fixed-iso10646-1" font for the "Unicode" category in the "Edit|Preferences|Fonts" setup menu. The Netscape 4.x browsers cannot handle 16-bit Unicode fonts at all. However, the above package contains scripts to generate 8-bit fonts in all ISO 8859 variants, which Netscape 4.x will then use to display those Unicode characters that are also found in ISO 8859.
You should make sure that you are using the most recent version of whatever browser you use and allow pages to chose their fonts.
- If you want to use your own fonts
- The font has to be installed on your system and here is how to configure various browsers.
How to type in different languages
Input Language - To type different language than your keyboard is set up for, you need to switch it's layout to support that language.
- Example of enabling the game to type Spanish on an English keyboard in Windows XP
- Objective: You want to learn Spanish but it has a special character: ñ.
- In order to type it in the game you have to install Spanish language and enable support for Spanish keyboard. Also, you want to have a Language bar on your desktop to easily switch between languages.
First, check if Spanish language is supported. Select English and type "tomorrow" into the "translate from" column. Select Spanish above the column "translate to:" and click the arrow to translate it. "Mañana" is displayed. That means that the Spanish language is already supported.
As the Spanish language is already installed by default, all needs to be done is install a support for a Spanish keyboard.
- Follow the steps below to enable support for a Spanish keyboard and allow display of the Language Bar on the desktop. The Language bar displays what keyboard is currently used.
- To enable support for a Spanish keyboard in Windows XP:
- Control Panel -> Regional and Language Option -> Languages tab -> Details -> Add and select desired input language and corresponding keyboard.
- Below in Preference is Language Bar Settings - check it to display the bar on the desktop. That will allow to switch quickly between languages.
- Check to add the language bar icon in the taskbar. That allows to turn on/off the language bar on the desktop.
- And now to test it
- In the column on the right, select "English" and type "tomorrow". Select "Spanish" in the next column, click the arrow to get it translated and click "send to game" button.
Start the game.
The word "mañana" scrolls down. Click the "swap languages" button in the game and the next word will be English "tomorrow". Look at the Language bar at the top of screen. It says "English" and it needs to be changed to "Spanish". Click it and in the drop down menu select "Spanish". Ok, now you are able to type the Spanish "mañana".
But, one more thing...
You have to know what key types "ñ". For that look at an image of a
- What is an Unicode
Any character in any language is assigned unique number - this numbering scheme is called Unicode. Fonts that adhere to this numbering scheme are called Unicode fonts.
- Because of the shear number of different characters worldwide, there are subsets - Unicode fonts - that support different languages.
- Enabling complex text support