[Pythonmac-SIG] Japanese UI in Tkinter

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Sun Oct 19 09:42:05 EDT 2003

On Friday, Oct 17, 2003, at 19:42 America/New_York, Antoine Picard 

> I'm creating a utility using Tkinter and I want to localize it for 
> Japan.
> I already have it working on Windows and I had seen on another machine 
> although some glyph showed up, some other didn't but, on my own 
> machine, all the glyphs show up as gibberish.
> Is there some setting before running or during configure so that they 
> show up properly in Tkinter?
> Note that I can print them to the darwin window and they show up 
> properly when encoded as UTF-8 but not so in Tkinter.

I think you ought to ask the Aqua Tcl/Tk people about this, because it 
isn't really very specific to Python.

Personally I'd recommend using another toolkit.  wxWindows (wxPython) 
has localization and internationalization built in and will work OS X 
(mostly), X11 and Win32.  Though you *might* want to consider 
consolidating as much of the functionality that can be consolidated and 
then develop two separate interfaces (one for Mac, one for Win32).  At 
this point it's a lot easier to fix (and you're probably less likely to 
find) a bug in PyObjC than to fix a bug in wxWindows or Aqua Tcl/Tk.  
PyObjC applications are also lighter weight and much easier to 
distribute than wxPython or Tkinter applications.


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