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Hi all.

I have Windows XP English, but I am German.

So in my regional settings in the control panel I changed the "language for non-unicode programs" to German.

But now I cannot use my Thai-English Dictionary called "ThaiSoftware Dictionary" anymore.

Furthermore I cannot access the settings of my graphic card anymore.

All I see in these and some other programs are questions marks.

Do I understand that right:?

Obviously these programs are not programmed in UTF which means I cannot use them anymore - or on the other hand I have to stop to support my German non-UTF-programs to get my dictionary work again?.

If so, does anybody knows a good English-Thai Dictionary for Windows that is Unicode-based?

Or is there another possibility?

Thanks a lot

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Hi all.

I have Windows XP English, but I am German.

So in my regional settings in the control panel I changed the "language for non-unicode programs" to German.

But now I cannot use my Thai-English Dictionary called "ThaiSoftware Dictionary" anymore.

Furthermore I cannot access the settings of my graphic card anymore.

All I see in these and some other programs are questions marks.

Do I understand that right:?

Obviously these programs are not programmed in UTF which means I cannot use them anymore - or on the other hand I have to stop to support my German non-UTF-programs to get my dictionary work again?.

If so, does anybody knows a good English-Thai Dictionary for Windows that is Unicode-based?

Or is there another possibility?

Thanks a lot

Unfortunately, I can only nod in sympathy. I am Swedish, and have the exact same problem as you.

I would love to be proven wrong, but it appears that Microsoft does not see us Northern European users who need Asian language support in parallel with English and our mother tongue, as a very important group.

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Or is there another possibility?

Have you tried to create another user account? I'm not sure because I haven't tried this myself, but it might be possible to set the language for non-unicode programs as German in you main account and Thai in the new account. Then you could just switch user accounts when needed.

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I just downloaded th new firefox and this plug in no longer works.. I wouldnt have downloaded the new firefox had I known this as i use this plug in alot. Anyone know if there is a new version for the latest firefox?

thanks

Is there a way to only increase the size of the Thai font in your internet browser (and not the Roman font)? I am using firefox and IE on windows and konqueror and firefox on linux.

There is a plug-in written by Mike of www.thai2english.com to increase the display of Thai font in Firefox 2

Right Click Here for the plug-in

Then select "Save Link As" to save the file largethai.xpi to your harddisk

Installation instruction

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1. Select FILE from pull-down menu

2. Select Open File

3. From Open dialogue: Pick largethai.xpi you downloaded.

4. Wait for installation to complete.

5. Click Install Now button in Software Installation dialogue.

6. Restart Firefox.

7. Click RIGHT mouse and select Increase Thai Text Size.

You should notice an increase in the size of all the Thai fonts where the rest remain the same.

Enjoy

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Sometimes you can fix that by downloading the .xpi file to your desktop, then:

1. change the file extension from .xpi to .zip and unzip the contents

2. open up the .rdf file in Notepad

3. change the maxversion to the version of your Firefox eg 3.0.4 and save

4. zip up all the files again that you previously unzipped

5. change the extension back to .xpi

6 open up Firefox then drag the xpi file onto Firefox and follow the prompts thereafter.

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Sometimes you can fix that by downloading the .xpi file to your desktop, then:

1. change the file extension from .xpi to .zip and unzip the contents

2. open up the .rdf file in Notepad

3. change the maxversion to the version of your Firefox eg 3.0.4 and save

4. zip up all the files again that you previously unzipped

5. change the extension back to .xpi

6 open up Firefox then drag the xpi file onto Firefox and follow the prompts thereafter.

thanks... i will try that and report back...

sounds a bit difficult for me though!

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You can get the stickers for your keyboard at any computer store here for like 30 baht. They typically come in two sizes, normal keyboard size and laptop size. The stickers last about two years before they wear out.

Go to the bottom of this page to download a butt load of Thai fonts:

http://www.learnthaiculture.com/thai_extras.shtml

Also, if you are on a computer that doesn't support Thai, use this to type:

http://www.learnthaiculture.com/thai_typer.html

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I hope my information below is not redundant.

There 2 ways to have Thai character in your computer

  1. If your computer is Windows XP, then you can enable the Thai character and switch between English and Thai; I provide the step-by-step instruction at the end of this posting, if you choose this method.
  2. Go to http://english-thai-dictionary.com/index.p...on=thaikeyboard and use the virtual keyboard to get the Thai character, which you want to type, then using the copy-paste to put it into your document/email.

I personally like the second method because my keyboard is not a Thai keyboard (hence I need layout of Thai keyboard printed on a paper) and I am too lazy to switch back and forth between English and Thai language (although it is a matter of 2 clicks or 2 buttons)

Step-by-step of enabling Thai character in Windows XP computer:

  • Make sure that you have your Windows installation CD handy
  • Open control panel
  • Double click on "Regional and Language Options" icon
  • Click "Languages" tab
  • Click "Details" button
  • Click "Add" button
  • Select Thai as "Input language" and "Keyboard layout"; For my computer, I selected both Kedmanee and Pattachote; I don't know what it is but it works well in my system until now
  • Click "OK" button in "Add Input Language" window
  • Click "Apply" button in "Text Services and Input Languages" window; You may need your Windows installation CD at this stage
  • Back to "Text Services and Input Languages" window, in "Setting" tab, you can select on how to switch between English character and Thai character by clicking "Key Settings" button

Somehow you may find that this step-by-step is still confusing, then please feel free to drop your questions here (please don't pm me), I'll try to answer it.

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anyone know how to isolate the thai language files on one computer so that they can be moved to another?

i do not have the windows disk with me anymore and the thai files therefore cannot be installed on my laptop. my desktop however, does have them already installed.

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Hello,

I just installed the thai language pack available from microsoft, but now, I have no idea of the way to go back to english. Can ayone help me?

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On the problem of Large Thai Script not working when Firefox is upgraded:

Sometimes you can fix that by downloading the .xpi file to your desktop, then:

1. change the file extension from .xpi to .zip and unzip the contents

2. open up the .rdf file in Notepad

3. change the maxversion to the version of your Firefox eg 3.0.4 and save

4. zip up all the files again that you previously unzipped

5. change the extension back to .xpi

6 open up Firefox then drag the xpi file onto Firefox and follow the prompts thereafter.

I've just had that problem with Firefox 3.6.3. The version (of 'Version 0.1') of the 'Large Thai Script' add-on I found (at Large Thai Script :: Firefox Add-ons for Firefox) had maxversion specified as 3.5.*. I changed that to 3.6.*, but it did not work. What did work was changing it to plain 3.7. (I didn't try upping it to 3.6.3, as on past form Firefox 3.6.3 will soon be replaced by Firefox 3.6.4)

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Thanks Richard, I've updated it on the Mozilla site now, up to the maxversion they allow it to be at present.

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I've just had that problem with Firefox 3.6.3. The version (of 'Version 0.1') of the 'Large Thai Script' add-on I found (at Large Thai Script :: Firefox Add-ons for Firefox) had maxversion specified as 3.5.*. I changed that to 3.6.*, but it did not work. What did work was changing it to plain 3.7. (I didn't try upping it to 3.6.3, as on past form Firefox 3.6.3 will soon be replaced by Firefox 3.6.4)

I had one extension I got to work recently by changing the maxversion to 99.0.*.

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