[openbox] Menu and UTF-8

Ben Jansens ben at orodu.net
Wed Oct 1 12:57:18 EDT 2003

On Wed, Oct 01, 2003 at 06:52:40PM +0200, Arwed von Merkatz wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 01, 2003 at 11:27:30AM -0400, Ben Jansens wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 01, 2003 at 03:07:15PM +0200, Tomas Hellstr|m wrote:
> > > Is it possible to have UTF-8 encoded entries in the menu?
> > > I've noticed the <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> -thingy in the
> > > beginning of menu.xml, but all I get when reloading the menu is those
> > > little "I can't understand this character"-squares instead of my
> > > japanese characters. Maybe it's a font problem since window-titles which
> > > is encoded in this way doesn't work either. I have UTF-8 support in
> > > most other programs (mozilla, gaim etc) and it would be nice to have it in
> > > openbox too.
> > 
> > All text is rendering using XFT's UTF-8 routines. Afaik, it should work
> > fine. Your font has to support the characters though. Otherwise, I don't
> > know what the issue is.
> > 
> > Ben
> The difference is that Openbox uses Xft but not fontconfig. fontconfig
> includes a fallback mechanism when dealing with unsupported characters,
> so if the font you're using doesn't have some characters you want to
> display it automatically switches to a different font for those
> characters. That way in gtk2 and mozilla, if i open a japanese page the
> font rendering uses bitstream vera sans for all supported characters and
> falls back to arial unicode for kanji.

XFT uses fontconfig, so Openbox does as well, just not directly.

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