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Unicode support in Repeat Signage 

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Support for displaying Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Greek and other character sets in Repeat Signage

 

Unicode (see Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicode) is a system used in computers that supports the displaying of non-Latin text (this is Latin text).  For example, Chinese characters such as:

支持中國寫作

and other text such as Japanese, Korean, Greek, Russian, etc:

 

日本語の表記は、サポートされている

Русская письменность поддерживается

हिंदी लेखन का समर्थन किया

Ελληνική γραφή που υποστηρίζονται

Note - The examples above were collected by translating English to other languages using the free Google Translate service at: http://translate.google.com/

 

Important note - Unicode support was added to Repeat Signage 2013 versions V2.5.8 and above.  If you have a version number below this, then please download the latest version from our website.

All of Repeat Signage's controls will work with Unicode characters, either manually entered or contained within files.  However, all files used must NOT use Unicode characters within the files names.  For example, with our Text Label control, you won't be able to display a file called:

Chinese號強風.txt

but a file called:

Chinese.txt

is fine.  The text file can contain Unicode characters:

 

Inserting a text file

 

which contains the Chinese symbols 發出三號強風信號, then our text control will display these characters without problem:

Text label control displaying the Chinese.txt text file

Manually entering text in our controls is also fine, for example, the Text Label control:

 

The screen you see when inserting the text label control

 

and the Text block control:

 

The text block control with Chinese characters in

 

Displaying characters as pictures

 

Many website designers create pictures of text which use non-standard fonts, such as in logos, etc, as when a website page is displayed the user may not have a particular font installed so the website page will not display as designed.  So creating an image and putting the text in this gets around the problem.  You can do the same with Repeat Signage.  You could create pictures with your unicode text (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Greek, etc) within and then display it with Repeat Signage's Picture control.  Again, you need to make sure that the filename of pictures are in Latin characters, for example: MyGreekPicture.jpg.

 

Webbrowser control

 

The Web browser (and web widgets) control will work with unicode characters as long as when you paste in HTML code which has the unicode characters in HTML format.  For example, this help page you are reading now is an HTML file (website page file).  The following character:

is encoded in HTML as:

 

發

 

So if I use the 'Paste HTML/widget here' option, you would need to have:

 

The webbrowser control with unicode HTML characters

 

which will then display on page as:

 

Uncode HTML displayed with the WebBrowser control

You can point the Web browser (and web widgets) control at any website page or HTML file that contains unicode characters and they will display correctly.  For example, the following page has lots of different unicode characters in the top right of the page including Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, Korean, Tamil:

 

http://www.unicode.org/standard/WhatIsUnicode.html

 

To display this page in Repeat Signage, insert a new WebBrowser control and select 'On a website':

 

Webbrowser control insert screen showing a website address

 

and when you click on the OK button it will display:

Uncode.org website displayed in the Repeat WebBrowser control

You would then need to resize this control to see the rest of the website page or use the Static website page option to display the entire page within your control.

 

Flash RSS control

 

The Flash RSS control will display RSS 2.0 feed XML files with Unicode characters.

 

Flash Banner control

 

The Flash banner control allows a series of pictures to be displayed with transitions such as fade between them.  This also allows two lines of text to be displayed along side each picture.  You have the choice of collecting a XML text file from a free www.repeatserver.com account or manually creating a play list.  Both allow Unicode characters.

 

RepeatServer.com

 

RepeatServer.com is our free service for creating and hosting RSS feeds and also allows the use of Unicode characters within RSS feeds, text blocks and text labels.  However, you currently have to make sure that the filenames themselves do NOT contain Unicode characters.