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Unix command files, UTF-8, and the byte order mark
Authored by: Swift on Apr 06, '09 09:34:34AM

Can anybody help me with this problem?

I'm doing Quicktime Text on a Windows machine. Among the subtitles we're doing for this project are Asian languages. To get the code out of our subtitle editor, we check the "Unicode" box. Don't know what flavor of Unicode that is. But then we open up this text file in Word (Windows also.) We run a macro to get the headers in, and then I have to save the doc as text for Quicktime for Windows. I've tried every encoding possible. The one that works? Japanese (Mac), Korean (Mac), and so on. If I open that file, I get the correct font, all the characters, beautifully in Quicktime for Windows.

But it won't work on the Mac! In Quicktime for the Mac, even if I change the font in the header to a Mac Asian font, I get garbage characters.

I've tried different encodings in BBEdit, but all I've succeeded in doing is munging the text irretrievably.

I wish I had a better understanding of all this. It is nearly completely opaque to me. I just try one thing and then another.

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Unix command files, UTF-8, and the byte order mark
Authored by: boxcarl on Apr 06, '09 11:41:12AM
Here's a helpful summary of the issues with character encodings: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html

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