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Accented characters to postscript printers

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When trying to print to a postscript printer all the accented characters get changed to symbols:

é becomes ø
è becomes ``

using illustrator 8 as a software.

Printing to PCL printer
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On what system are you working? I mean Pc or Mac and what version of the system.
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A PC using Win XP SP3
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Illustrator 8 is very old version.
I faintly remember solving this kind of problem almost 15 years ago, in two different ways at least and what worked each time was different.

1. Try to make a pdf of the file and print that. Maybe the fonts will be embedded into the pdf file.
In AI 8 you would have to save as an .eps file and use Distiller to make the pdf.

2. Laser printers often come with a font package which is inside the printer. These are different fonts, but usually include Courier, Helvetica, Palatino, Bookman and a few more. Often when one is using font with the same names as are included in the printer the font resident takes over. Try a file that has a font that is not very common to see if it passes though.
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PCL is not Postscript.  But still, AI should be able to print to it ok.  @siguram has a good point about font substitution.  If you can, setup the printer to always download fonts instead of using the ones that are built-in.
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If @siguram and DAveBaldwins advice doesn't help you can convert the text to vector elements.

Object menu >convert to outline. It's not elegant but it works.
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