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I am part of a team that is evaluating electronic forms software and one of our requirements is that it be able to print documents in Spanish in addition to English.  I assume the Spanish character set is a printer function and switching to it is a Postscript/PCL command.  I assume there is a Spanish character set for monitors that can be accessed somehow (or perhaps need a dedicated Spanish monitor) for creating the Spanish version of the document.

I know that specific knowledge of the software may be necessary for doing the actual printing.  Probably doing something with the Visual Basic scripting that can be used by some software in support of the documents.  Current model high-end work-group printers would be used.  Software being evaluated includes Word, Word Perfect, Jetform's FormFlow, Top Level's Office Forms, and Adobe Acrobat.

Anyone ever do this type of thing?  How about some pointers as to whether this is actually potentially possible and how far off-base are my assumptions.  Anything else would be appreciated.
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To install multilingual support

  1.In the Add/Remove Programs option in Control Panel, click the Windows Setup tab.
  2.In the Components list, click Language Support, and then click the Details button.
  3.Click the languages you want, and then click OK.

When two or more languages are installed, an icon on the taskbar indicates which keyboard is currently active. Users can switch between installed languages by clicking the keyboard icon, or by using a hot-key combination specified in the Keyboard option in Control Panel, as described in "Using Alternate Keyboards".

The Windows 95 compact disc includes TrueType fonts that contain characters for all the Western European and Eastern European languages. After you install multilingual TrueType font support, you can access the complete set of 652 characters in applications that support these fonts, such as WordPad. This allows for proper presentation of fonts for a given language.

An application that uses the common Choose Font dialog box can allow users to select from all the character sets and fonts configured in the system. The Script box in this common dialog box allows the user to choose the characteristics related to the language of the text being formatted. For example, depending on the character set and the locales available on a particular computer, the Script box could allow the user to choose from Western, Greek, Cyrillic, or Turkish characteristics for the selected typeface. Of
course, the user must choose the appropriate keyboard for using related text characters.

To access multilingual TrueType fonts in WordPad

  1.Click the Format menu, and then click Font.
  2.In the Font dialog box, select a font characteristic for the language in the Scripts box,
     and then click OK.


Hope that helps, for more information on this topic, go to the Microsoft site and search for documents concerning Windows 95, multiple language support.

Joel R. Helgeson
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