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The usual procedure for loading Japanese (or any other language) resources on Japanese Windows is to create them as part of the rc file.

However, I need to display Japanese language text on an English Windows system. The application contains string resources as part of static text in dialogs, menus, etc.

What are the requirements / settings to be done on the OS itself? What steps do I need to do in my application?

thanks in advance,
Vijay K
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by:mblat
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1. Make your application UNICODE.
2. Use font that supports Japaneese character set. ( Arial I think does).

That really should do that.  Windows UI knows nothing what you are displayng, so if you do SetWindowText with Japaneese characters it should do it as long as font supports it.
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by:bflVijay
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Is it absolutely necessary that I must make my applicaton Unicode...? I'd like to know because my target might include windows 95.
How can I find if a font supports Japanese character set?
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Windows 98 supports UNICODE even though this support is limited somewhat.  It doesn't support NATIVE unicode which means that you are going to get performance hit, but that about it.  By Microsoft UNICODE is the way to go if you want multilanguage support...  

There are article
"Design a Single Unicode App that Runs on Both Windows 98 and Windows 2000" in MSJ April 99 that explains how to do that.  It also included on MSDN CDs.

As far as which fonts support whole set of UNICODE chars I think that Arial does.  I think that MS Sans Serif ( whcih is default system font) doesn;t.  So if Arial doesn;t work for you just try several - there are bound to be some.


Hope it helps...
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