[Tkinter-discuss] Unicode on Mac (yet again)

Dave Opstad dave.opstad at monotypeimaging.com
Mon Aug 18 17:12:36 CEST 2008

Fred Mailhot wrote:

> Greetings,
> I've followed some of the discussion on the list concerning the
> problem of getting some Unicode characters to display properly. As
> suggested in a few messages, I've recompiled my python to link to
> Tcl/Tk8.5. I know this has succeeded, as running Tkinter._test() pops
> up a dialog confirming that I'm using 8.5.
> Unfortunately, there still seem to be problems displaying Unicode
> characters properly. The following snippet demonstrates (disclaimer:
> I'm not a Tkinter guru by any means)...
> import Tkinter
> root = Tkinter.Tk()
> w1 = Tkinter.Button(root, text=u"\u026E", font=("Lucida Grande",24))
> w2 = Tkinter.Label(root, text=u"\u026E", font=("Lucida Grande",24))
> w1.pack()
> w2.pack
> The Button displays the correct character (a digraph from the
> International Phonetic Alphabet), whereas the Label displays what
> looks like a Chinese kanji character...the same problem as in 8.4.
> Is there something I'm doing wrong?

The first thing that strikes me is an endian issue. You're asking for
Unicode 026E, but Unicode 6E02 might be what you're getting (and it's in the
CJK ideograph range). Is there an endian compiler flag you need to set when
you recompile your python for linking to Tcl/Tk 8.5?


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