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Displaying UniCode characters

 
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I'm puzzling on how to have my screen output the actual character given by myChessPiece, rather than a '?'; Do I need to use Graphics2D and draw a string?


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The Windows XP console prompt uses a font that does not contain all Unicode characters. There are many characters that it cannot display. If you want to show these characters, you could indeed write a Swing application, making sure that you use a font which contains the characters that you want to display.
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:The Windows XP console prompt uses a font that does not contain all Unicode characters. There are many characters that it cannot display. If you want to show these characters, you could indeed write a Swing application, making sure that you use a font which contains the characters that you want to display.



However I think I need to add something on to my JPanel, because on my screen it does not show the chess piece that I am expecting:




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It shows a little crown on my Windows 7 system. Can you create a screen shot of what it looks like for you?
 
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Rob Spoor wrote:It shows a little crown on my Windows 7 system. Can you create a screen shot of what it looks like for you?



Sure here it is
scr.GIF
[Thumbnail for scr.GIF]
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I'm blogging this right now. I totally need to get this article finished and published.
 
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You're not setting the font anywhere, so it is most likely still using a font that does not contain the Unicode character you are trying to display, so you get a square instead of the character.

Note that the Graphics object you are using inside the paintComponent method has a setFont() method. Make sure you use a font that contains the characters you want to display. Not all fonts contain all possible Unicode characters - in fact, most fonts contain only a small subset of all available Unicode characters.

Apparently the default font on Rob's Windows 7 system does contain the character, but the font on your Windows XP system does not.
 
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