how to set character encoding in kcontrol ?

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Tue Dec 23 09:43:10 GMT 2003

Martin Koller wrote:
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> On Sunday 21 December 2003 02:59, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
>>Martin Koller wrote:
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>>>Hi all,
>>>I know there once was a setting in kcontrol to define the character
>>>encoding for KDE, which I used to define iso8859-15, to be able to use
>>>the EURO sign.
>>>I'm not finding this option anymore - nor in KDE-3.2 and neither in
>>>Any ideas how I can define this now or which character encoding KDE uses
>>>by default?
>>KDE itself use UNICode by default.  Some applications have ways to set the
>>encoding for that application.
>>How KDE interprets 8 bid encoding should be selected by your choice of
>>Country/Region & Language.
>>>P.S: My problem is, that I can't use the EURO sign currently ...
>>The KCM module "Country/Region & Language" is also where you can select
>>your representation for "Money".
>>Now if your question is how to get: "€" in place of: "EUR", I'm not exactly
>>clear about that except that the: "€" symbol is on page number 32 in
>>Did you try changing your: "Currency symbol" in the KCM?
>>Or do you need to insert it when you are typing a document?
>>That would be a keyboard issue and I don't know if keyboard layouts have
>>been upgraded to use it.  Otherwise, you can use KCharSelect (it is in
>>Table 32) with other symbols.
> OK, now I'm totally confused.
> I know where to set the currency symbol - that's not the problem, as I did 
> that before.
> But I have now upgraded to KDE-3.2 current CVS, and also to XFree86 4.4 CVS 
> snapshot a few days ago.
> Before those upgrades, I could see the EURO sign e.g. when I type here in 
> kmail, but now I don't (do you see something if I type 3 times EURO "€€€" ?).

Yes, three EuroSigns.

Did the EuroSigns in my e-mail show up OK on your system?

> I just have some empty space). I use the font Courier [Urw], which definitely 
> has the EURO sign in Table 32 using kcharselect as you said - but:
> Using kcharselect shows me the EURO sign in the table-view, but if I click on 
> the EURO sign, I get _nothing_ in the Textfield below, where normally all the 
> chars clicked on are pasted.
> Any ideas what I'm doing wrong ?

This is seriously weird. :-|

You are having a font encoding problem (at least 90% sure but you never know for sure).

But, you would normally get a small square box rather than a blank when the glyph isn't in 
the font.

Have you tried other fonts to see if you have the same problem?  That is probably what I 
would try next.

As I said, some KDE applications let you set the encoding.  Did you try this in KMail?

	View => Set Encoding


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