[NTG-context] Chinese

Richard Gabriel rgabriel at kerio.com
Fri Dec 9 16:24:42 CET 2005

Hi guys,

I can confirm that the UTF-8 input doesn't work for me too. 
If I convert the file info GBK (CP936), it works fine [I suggest to use the 'iconv' utility for the conversion :-)].

I tested the UTF-8 output the followin ways:


Processing a file with this setup ends with an error:

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kpathsea: Running mktextfm gbsong80
mktextfm: Could not map typeface abbreviation bs for gbsong80.
mktextfm: Need to update c:/WinApp/TeXLive/texmf-dist/fonts/map/fontname/special
mktextfm: Running mf "\mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input gbsong80"
This is METAFONT, Version 2.71828 (Web2c 7.5.5)

kpathsea: Running mktexmf gbsong80
mktexmf: empty or non-existent rootfile!
! I can't find file `gbsong80'.
<*> ...ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input gbsong80

Please type another input file name
! Emergency stop.
<*> ...ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input gbsong80

Transcript written on mfput.log.
mktextfm: warning: can't open log file gbsong80.log.
mktextfm: `mf "\mode:=ljfour; mag:=1; nonstopmode; input gbsong80"' failed.
kpathsea: Appending font creation commands to missfont.log.
! Font \unicodefont=gbsong80 at 24.88806pt not loadable: Metric (TFM) file not

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I cannot figure out why it wants "gbsong80" when the encoding vector set starts from the 0x81 offset. 
Maybe some error in the UTF mapping?

No error, but not output!
The PDF contains only black squares instead of glyphs.
The log shows that no fonts were used at all!



From: Xiao Jianfeng [mailto:fdu.xiaojf at gmail.com]
To: mailing list for ConTeXt users [mailto:ntg-context at ntg.nl]
Sent: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 15:24:22 +0100
Subject: Re: [NTG-context] Chinese

Tobias Burnus wrote:

> Hi,
> Xiao Jianfeng wrote:
>>> What would be needed to get UTF-8 input running with Chinese?
>> If you use vim to edit your tex file, maybe you can try "set 
>> encoding=utf8", then save and compile.
>> As far as I know, GBK is compatible with unicode.
> No, that does not work - that is the reason I started this mail thread.
> You get the wrong characters and you may get some TeX errors.
> (And that is the reason Lutz wrote a UTF-8 to GBK converted.)
> Tobias
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What is the value of your environment variables about LC_CTYPE and LANG ?

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