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Old 04-11-2010, 10:18 PM   #1
hsieh
Edge User
 
Chinese on e-ink screen

Has any one succeeded in reading Chinese or Japanese epub files on the e-ink screen?

Reading Chinese content on e-ink was one of my main reason to use eDGe,
but so far I can only use Android applications to read Chinese on the LCD.
The Chinese epub books I downloaded from gutenberg.org showed only the
title in Chinese on the e-ink screen. Their Chinese contents were displayed as "????".

This seems to be an Adobe reader problem, appearing also on my PC,
while Mobipocket reader is able to display the same Chinese epub book.
I hope enTourage will find a solution to this problem soon, and/or
allow 3rd party Android applications to display content on the e-ink screen.

Thanks.
 
Old 04-12-2010, 11:27 AM   #2
freelance01
Edge User
 
Smile

Very glad to hear somebody using in Chinese.
Did you know the Android part already has Chinese font build-in?
Or, how to change the system font to Chinese?
 
 
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:12 PM   #3
maynard
Edge User
 
I've loaded some free Chinese material from Project Guttenberg on an an iRex device. Worked just fine.
 
Old 04-12-2010, 12:58 PM   #4
ricco
Edge User
 
I have many pdfs in both BIG5 and GB. Virtually all of them are rendered correctly on the e-ink screen. Some have the problem you described, with characters showing up as "???". More likely than not, the fonts or encoding info are missing or missing in the file.
 
Old 04-12-2010, 02:10 PM   #5
dontpanic
Edge User
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by hsieh View Post
Has any one succeeded in reading Chinese or Japanese epub files on the e-ink screen?

Reading Chinese content on e-ink was one of my main reason to use eDGe,
but so far I can only use Android applications to read Chinese on the LCD.
The Chinese epub books I downloaded from gutenberg.org showed only the
title in Chinese on the e-ink screen. Their Chinese contents were displayed as "????".

This seems to be an Adobe reader problem, appearing also on my PC,
while Mobipocket reader is able to display the same Chinese epub book.
I hope enTourage will find a solution to this problem soon, and/or
allow 3rd party Android applications to display content on the e-ink screen.

Thanks.
From the knowledge base:

Some PDF files have the fonts embedded in them, and in this case all languages are supported. For PDFs and ePUBs where the enTourage eDGe has to provide the fonts, the following languages are supported:

Brazilian Portuguese
Chinese Simplified
Chinese Traditional
Dutch
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Portuguese
Spanish
More languages will be added with software updates in the future.
 
Old 04-12-2010, 03:14 PM   #6
done
Edge User
 
We are aware of the issue regarding reading Chinese books from Project Gutenberg - it is an issue with Adobe. We are working to resolve it in a future software update.
 
Old 05-03-2010, 05:47 AM   #7
keng2000
Edge User
 
I am working on the project, any chance to add Thai Locale..
 
Old 07-15-2010, 01:14 PM   #8
orochi
Edge User
 
Japanese and Chinese reading fine on Elink screen..

confirmed
 
Old 07-23-2010, 11:14 PM   #9
ricco
Edge User
 
PDFs are okay. Epubs are still not.
 
Old 12-18-2010, 09:08 AM   #10
sunnyone
Edge User
 
Red face I can provide much more description of Chinese on E-ink screen problems

Quote:
Originally Posted by ricco View Post
PDFs are okay. Epubs are still not.
I used entourage eDGe (10") before and just received my new pocket eDGe yesterday.
Not every Chinese epub files can be displayed correctly on E-ink screen.
But every epub which I converted from the LCD screen CAN NOT display properly on E-ink scree.
(By the "View on Reader" function.)
All the chinese words replaced by "?" and it's really bother me...
We both know use the E-ink for reading is much comfortable but without SDK or other firmware solution, there is No other way can let me read webpage on E-ink....

I'm not sure it is the problem of font because I have the same problem on Nook..
And I modify the epub by adding a CSS to solve the problem <-- It is a VERY STUPID method...

I hope this problem can be fixed as soon as possible, thanks!!
If entourage needs much more details of these problems, I can provide some samples to you.
 
Old 12-18-2010, 09:18 AM   #11
borisb
Edge User
 
Welcome to the forums, sunnyone

The issue of fonts, etc., is a long standing one, and I don't remember seeing a public response by enTourage about their plans to address this. If you contact Tech Support directly (www.entourageedge.com/support), you may be able to get some detailed information from them about this.
 
Old 12-18-2010, 12:13 PM   #12
jsfiller
Edge User
 
The same problem exists with Greek characters.

Last edited by jsfiller; 12-18-2010 at 12:15 PM.
 
Old 12-18-2010, 12:14 PM   #13
jsfiller
Edge User
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
From the knowledge base:

Some PDF files have the fonts embedded in them, and in this case all languages are supported. For PDFs and ePUBs where the enTourage eDGe has to provide the fonts, the following languages are supported:

Brazilian Portuguese
Chinese Simplified
Chinese Traditional
Dutch
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Portuguese
Spanish
More languages will be added with software updates in the future.
Please add Greek. Please
 
Old 12-19-2010, 11:34 AM   #14
seagal
Edge User
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunnyone View Post
I used entourage eDGe (10") before and just received my new pocket eDGe yesterday.
Not every Chinese epub files can be displayed correctly on E-ink screen.
But every epub which I converted from the LCD screen CAN NOT display properly on E-ink scree.
(By the "View on Reader" function.)
All the chinese words replaced by "?" and it's really bother me...
We both know use the E-ink for reading is much comfortable but without SDK or other firmware solution, there is No other way can let me read webpage on E-ink....

I'm not sure it is the problem of font because I have the same problem on Nook..
And I modify the epub by adding a CSS to solve the problem <-- It is a VERY STUPID method...

I hope this problem can be fixed as soon as possible, thanks!!
If entourage needs much more details of these problems, I can provide some samples to you.
Yes, you r right. I find where the problem is. Just edit OEBPS/content1.xhtml in the epub file and replace ["xml:lang="en"] to [xml:lang="zh-CN"], then Chinese display is correct, even which is converted from the LCD screen.
 
Old 12-19-2010, 06:40 PM   #15
borisb
Edge User
 
Welcome to the forums, seagal

That's an excellent tip! If anyone is wondering how to do that, make a copy of th EPUB file and change the file extension to '.zip'. Then unzip the contents, find and change the file as requested, re-zip, and then change the extension back to EPUB.

Note that I don't think this will work on DRM-protected (paid-for) EPUBs because of encryption.
 
 

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