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Old 2006-12-27, 10:35   Link #1
Jingjong
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Japanese Text File Support in English WinXP?

Sorry if this is not the correct please to ask this.

I need to be able to read Japanese text files. I installed the East Asian Language support from the control panel in Windows, but it didn't seem to do anything.

Is there anything I'm missing? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 2006-12-27, 11:07   Link #2
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Are you trying to use Notepad? Notepad doesn't like Shift-JIS documents. It manages OK with Japanese characters in a Unicode document, but that's not much good to you if you already have a document that uses Shift-JIS encoding. You probably need a different program.

I recommend JWPce as a full-featured text editor for ALL Japanese text encoding schemes. It also has a sane input method which is NOT the deplorable Windows IME for Japanese, which is a huge bonus.
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Old 2006-12-27, 11:49   Link #3
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Reading stuff in the non-unicode supporting programs requires you to localise your Windows in the required language.

In the menu for region and language settings should be a pulldown menu where you can choose the language for programs that do not support unicode. You need to choose Japanese there and select the needed conversion codepages (e.g. MAC, ISO2022, jap. ANSI (Shift-JIS)...). It requires you to restart, and you may encounter some problems with your original language setup. But thats the only way to do it OS-wise.

So it is preferable to use programs like the one Soluzar mentioned.
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Old 2006-12-27, 13:27   Link #4
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Thank you, that JWPce works perfectly.

I really appreciate the help!
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