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Re: Chinese support (Multi-bytes)

From: Fred Kiefer
Subject: Re: Chinese support (Multi-bytes)
Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 22:16:53 +0200

Currently you would have to rewrite more than just the xgps backend to
get support for multi-byte fonts. The interface between the gui frontend
and all backends allows only 8 bit characters to be passed for drawing.
If you also read the GNUstep developer mailing list you will remember
that I suggested a few days ago, that we should extend this by providing
a method to display Unicode strings. 
When doing this I would also like to take out all the direct drawing
methods from the xgps class XGGState and move them over to XGFontInfo.
This would allow us to have different subclasses of XGFontInfo, where
some would be able handle multi-byte strings directly. (Either via the
font set mechanism, as you sugggest or the XDrawString16 call)
So if you have a bit of time you will see multi-byte strings displayed
in GNUstep. Or at least get an architecture in the xgps backend, where
you find it easy to add them.


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