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Posted on 2007-03-26
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Here's a tricky question:
I'm working on a database that has a letter formatted in a Japanese font.  This text was copied from Micrsoft Word, formatted in "MS Mincho" font.  It gets copied into labels and text boxes in this letter (report).

If I print this letter from Access, it looks great.  If I export to PDF or RTF, it looks great.  My problem is that my client wants it exported to a TXT file.  When I do that, the japanese text converts to boxes and question marks.

I dont know enough about this to be able to figure out if this is a limitation of the TXT format, or if I'm missing some unicode iso-2022-jp add in or something.  Is there anyone out there who has some ideas?

Thanks,

Ronda
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I *think* the default txt format coming out of Access is ansi, which will not handle the extended characters available in unicode. How are you exporting? If you are uing built-in functions we can change that to I/O code to write the file directly and see if you get any better results.

Steve
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Thanks for the post, Steve... I am thinking along your lines, that it's an ansi vs unicode sort of thing.
I am meeting with my client on Thursday to finish up some changes, and they are warming up to the idea of outputting to RTF, which would resolve this issue.

I'll reply after the outcome of that meeting, to see if I need that I/O code you are suggesting.

;-) Ronda
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Thanks for your input, Steve... we're actually going to output to PDF !   I've been trying to get them to do this for awhile, but they thought it wasn't an "accepted" format in Japan.  They've since changed their minds.

For now, we'll use a driver, and I know how to change the default printer to the PDF driver.
Maybe they'll upgrade to Access 2007, and I can play with the PDF add-in at that time.

;-) Ronda
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