when i use this function in c++ the text have arbic it destroied??


i used this function  to convert the variable from  char*  to TCHAR

but the arabic language in the text it appear with charcter that can't be understand it

TCHAR* urlcnw=A2T(urlcn);

can  any body help me to convert between char*   to TCHAR*

without destroy the arabic langauge???

thank you    
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Use A2W

A2T depends on the project settings: if there is Unicode character set selected, this A2T will convert the text to the wide characters.
evilrixSenior Software Engineer (Avast)Commented:
What character encoding is used for the narrow representation of Arabic? The original encoding will determine how you convert from narrow to wide. There are a number of encodings it could be, from ANSI (with a specific code page) to UTF8 - which is just another version of Unicode (UTFx are just different Unicode Transformation Formats).
I attached a code for your test. Variable p is supposed to contain the converted text.
Windows likes only Unicode (or their version of Unicode). Better to keep all translations/localization in Unicode and do not play with these A2W, mbstowcs, MultiByteToWideChar,...

#include <wchar.h>
#include <malloc.h>
#include <locale.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main()
    _wsetlocale(LC_ALL,  L"arabic");
    const char* text = "Arabic text";
    wchar_t* p = (wchar_t*)malloc(200);
    p[0] = 0;
    mbstowcs(p, text, 200);
    _wsetlocale(LC_ALL,  L"");
    return 0;

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sa3qAuthor Commented:

the encode that come from  internet page  have  windows-1256   encoding


i used  in  the properties  of the  project  unicode

The code I posted is a Unicode project too.
Anyway A2T is not a solution. You can try to use your A2T with #pragma setlocale("arabic"), but I don't think it will be an acceptable solution for you.

evilrixSenior Software Engineer (Avast)Commented:
>> the encode that come from  internet page  have  windows-1256   encoding
Ok, that seems to imply the narrow encoding is ANSI not UTF8 so I would follow what pgnatyuk is suggesting.
evilrixSenior Software Engineer (Avast)Commented:
NB. Just to note (as this is overlooked by a lot of Windows programmers thanks to Microsoft's confusing [and mostly inaccurate] terminology)...

Just because something is wide does not mean it is Unicode. Just because something is narrow don't mean it is not Unicode!

UTF8 and UTF16 are both Unicode transformation formats and both represent Unicode, the former is narrow and the latter is wide.

hen Microsoft speak of Unicode they are referring to UTF16 and when they speak of non-Unicode they are (usually) referring to ANSI. If you want to convert from narrow to wide you MUST know what the encoding of the narrow form is otherwise your conversion will not behave as you expect. This was the reason for my original question.

This is slightly off topic but I get very vexed at how Microsoft confuse people with their redefinition of terminology! :)
>>This is slightly off topic but I get very vexed at how Microsoft confuse people with their redefinition of terminology! :)

This multibyte character set from Microsoft is totally useless. They can rename it in simplified English. :)

sa3qAuthor Commented:
evilrix: & pgnatyuk:

i used  setlocal

but  it still not ok  you can  see the image to  see the problem  in arabic text
thank  you
Why you don't use the code I posted?
If you already took one line, why you cannot apply wcstombs?
How I see it should be something like

_wsetlocale(LC_ALL,  L"arabic");
TCHAR* urlcnw = (wchar_t*)malloc(1024);
urlcnw[0] = 0;
mbstowcs(urlscnw, urlcn, 1000);

Do not forget to delete this urlcnw when you will not need it. It is correct for your code with A2T too.

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I hope your Windows supports Arabic?
At least this system font used in the VS debugger can show the Arabic text.
sa3qAuthor Commented:
You are welcome
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