Multilingual Squeak version 3.6 - test report
Last updated at 2:39 pm UTC on 25 January 2005
by Boris Gaertner
Mar 23 2003 8:50AM
Updated 5-Dec-2003 hjh for version 3.6
The implementation has changed in version 3.8
Updated 24-Jan-2005 hjh
I installed Multilingual Squeak, and here is my first report about successes and problems:
- The instructions on the above mentioned page can be followed without problems.The scripts give class String a new superclass, create a new image and install a lot of code and fonts.
- The scripts do not change the menues to Japanese and I really want to encourage all those who found the Nihongo-image difficult to use to try this newest work of Yoshiki-san.
- A quick comparision with Nihongo reveals something very exciting: Yoshiki-san has added a framework for Unicode in Squeak that is already elaborated in great detail.
Now a few tips about bringing Unicode in Squeak to life:
Install some fonts (they are in the fonts subdirectory created by the installation program.
StrikeFontSet installExternalFontFileName: 'cyrillicFont.out' inDir: = (FileDirectory default directoryNamed: 'fonts') encoding:
UnicodeCyrillic leadingChar encodingName: #Cyrillic textStyleName: #DefaultMultiStyle.
StrikeFontSet installExternalFontFileName: 'greekFont.out' inDir:
(FileDirectory default directoryNamed: 'fonts') encoding: UnicodeGreek leadingChar encodingName: #Greek textStyleName: #DefaultMultiStyle.
Do a print-it of the following code:
| st |
st := WriteStream on: MultiString new.
st nextPutAll: (#(16r417 16r434 16r440 16r430 16r432 16r435 16r439 16r442 16r435)
collect: [:v | UnicodeCyrillic charFromUnicode: v]);
nextPut: Character space;
nextPut: Character cr;
nextPutAll: (#(16r393 16r3B5 16r3B9 16r3B1) collect: [:v | UnicodeGreek charFromUnicode: v]);
nextPut: Character space;
nextPutAll: (#(16r3C3 16r3B1 16r3C2) collect: [:v | UnicodeGreek charFromUnicode: v]).
- A lot of glyphs are still missing. I shall see what I can do to add some glyphs.
> I really like to improve the system and hope one day we can make the
> unified version of Squeak which works as a vehicle for the world-wide
> communication and idea-sharing. So, feel free to send comment,
> critic, and of course, code.
I think I have some stuff that I can contribute, but I have to adapt it
first. (And I have to understand your work a bit better than now -
but time will certainly bring insights).
> Hopefully, I can set up a update stream for this particular version
> of Squeak to track the changes we are going to make.
That would be great!
> Enjoy and Thank you!
Thank you to you, Yoshiki!
> – Yoshiki