How does IDLE do it?

Richard D. Moores rdmoores at
Thu Feb 10 22:40:34 EST 2011

I recently wrote some code that prints information about the 'jukugo'
used in Japanese newspaper articles. A jukugo is a Japanese word
written with at least 2 kanji. An example of a 2-kanji jukugo is 危機
(kiki -- crisis). I found that I could not use my usual IDE to render
the Japanese correctly in either the code or the output. But IDLE
(version 3.1.2; Windows Vista) does a beautiful job! See screen shots
(The whole script plus output is at

I'd like to know how the IDLE developers did this. How can IDLE not
have a problem with Japanese using Courier New, Calibri, even Fences
or Windings! (For Wingdings, see


Dick Moores

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