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Specifying character sets for drawings

The character set used to display text in drawings typically depends on the character set specified by your operating system, for example, ANSI_1252 is Latin 1, ANSI_1253 is Greek, and ANSI_1254 is Turkish. This is also called the code page.

progeCAD allows you to manage which code page is assigned to a drawing when you open the drawing or after you open it. This unique feature is usually not necessary if you distribute drawings within the same geographic region, but it can be very helpful when sharing or distributing drawings between different geographic regions. Changing the code page is highly desirable especially in geographic regions where several languages are used that require different character sets to display text properly.

Setting the code page doesn’t change the language of your text; instead it specifies the character set in which the text displays. Some fonts can display its characters several different ways depending on the code page setting.

There are two system variables that relate to the code page of a drawing:

  • SYSCODEPAGE— Character set defined for your operating system.
  • DWGCODEPAGE— Character set defined for an individual drawing that overrides the operating system code page.

To manage how code pages are assigned to drawings

  1. Type codepage and then press Enter.

    The Code Page Manager dialog box opens.

  2. If you want to convert the drawing to use a different code page, in Drawing Code Page, select the desired code page for the current drawing.
  3. Select one of the following options:
    • No conversion when a drawing is opened — Keeps the drawing code page unchanged when you open a drawing.
    • Always open this dialog when a drawing is opened — Open the Code Page Manager dialog box every time you open a drawing.
    • Only open this dialog when the drawing and system code pages differ — Open the Code Page Manager dialog box only when the operating system code page is different from the drawing code page. This setting can be helpful if you sometimes send or receive drawings created using a code page that is different from the one used by your operating system.
    • Automatically convert the code page when a drawing is opened — Always use the same code page when opening drawings (the Code Page Manager dialog box will not open).
  4. If you selected to automatically convert the code page, select one of the following:
    • Use alternate code page — When converting drawings automatically, always use the code page that you select.
    • Use system code page — When converting drawings automatically, use the code page defined for the operating system (this is the code page displayed for the SYSCODEPAGE system variable).

TIP If you want to always use the code page assigned to a drawing, choose No Conversion when a Drawing is Opened (this is the default setting). You can change the drawing code page after opening a drawing, if necessary. If you want to always use the code page specified for your operating system, choose Automatically Convert the Code Page, and then choose Use System Code Page.

Using Unicode characters

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