Subject: 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.

CADdirect allows you to manage which code page is assigned to a drawing. 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 select a code page for the current drawing

   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 code page that is different from the operating system code page, in Drawing Code Page, select the new code page for the drawing.

   3   Click OK.

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