How to Make Internet Explorer Recognize Foreign Characters on Windows NT 4.0

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SUMMARY

The LANGPACK directories of Windows NT Workstation and Server version 4.0 add additional language support for Internet Explorer (IE) version 3.0. Installing files and adding input locales in Control Panel under either Regional Settings or Keyboard enables IE to display foreign language characters. (The GUI for Input Locale is shared by Regional Settings and Keyboard.)

The LANGPACK also enables EMS Client version 4.0 to display foreign language characters included in the pack.

MORE INFORMATION

  1. Log on to an account with Administrator privileges and start the Windows NT 4.0 Explorer. Open the drive sharepoint \NTWKS\NTSVR 4.0 CD\Network, and then go to the LANGPACK directory.
  2. Select <language | group of languages >.inf file(s) and click the file(s) with the RIGHT mouse button. On the menu that appears, click Install.
  3. You will be prompted for your Windows NT compact disc (or network driver) if some of the files needed are in this directory (\LANGPACK) and the remaining files are in the normal Windows NT distribution directories (for example, \i386). Change to the location on the compact disc or network sharepoint where the requested file resides, such as D:\i386 for a compact disc (where D is a CD-ROM drive) or J:\winnt.nt\winnt40.srv\retail\i386 (where \\productsx\relsys is accessed as drive J and J is a network drive).
  4. It is necessary to reboot after installing the following languages: Japanese, Korean, and TChinese(Traditional Chinese).

    The following is a list of the .inf files and a brief list of the language support that each includes:
    • Arabic.inf - Arabic code page conversion and NLS API support (no IE 3.0 viewer support)
    • Cyrillic.inf - Cyrillic-based language support
    • European.inf - Latin-based European language support
    • ExchSrvr.inf - All code page conversion tables for Exchange Server
    • Greek.inf - Greek language support
    • Hebrew.inf - Hebrew code page conversion and NLS API support (no IE 3.0 viewer support)
    • Japanese.inf - Japanese code page conversion, NLS API support, and font
    • Korean.inf - Korean code page conversion, NLS API support and font
    • TChinese.inf - Traditional Chinese code page conversion, NLS API support, and font
    • Thai.inf - Thai code page conversions and NLS API support (no IE 3.0 viewer support)
    • Turkish.inf - Turkish language support
    • US_Eng.inf - U.S. English language support
    • Vietnam.inf - Vietnamese code page conversions and NLS API support (no IE 3.0 viewer support)
  5. In Control Panel, open either Regional Settings or Keyboard, select the Input Locales tab, and click the Add button. The Add Input Locale window will appear. Select a language and then click OK.
  6. If want to make the highlighted language the Default Input Locale, click Set As Default.
  7. Choose a keystroke combination (Left ALT+SHIFT or CTRL+SHIFT) for switching locale settings, if desired. This enables you to switch the locale by pressing the keystroke combination you selected.
  8. Check the Enable Indicator On Taskbar box so the locale indicator will appear on the taskbar.

    Internet Explorer 3.0

  9. In Control Panel, click Internet then select the General tab. Click Fonts Settings and then select the language you want and the character sets for that language. Click OK several times to exit. Alternately, you can make the change directly in IE 3.0. Open IE 3.0 and on the taskbar select View, then click Options. Next, select the General tab and click Fonts Settings, then select the language you want and the character sets for that language. Click OK several times to exit. (Both ways of changing this setting lead you to the same GUI.)
For some language characters implemented in Single Byte Character Set (SBCS), a category that includes most European languages, you can key in the characters immediately after you complete the above steps.

But to enter any character of a language of Double Byte Character Set (DBCS), such as all Far East locales, you must install a proper Input Method Editor (IME) for the language. The LANGPACK only enables you to display those DBCS languages included in the LANGPACK in IE 3.0, EMS 4.0, and Windows NT 4.0.

With the LangPack installed, Internet Explorer 4.0 users can install and use the Japanese/Korean Input Method Editor (IME) for Windows 95 & Windows NT 4.0. This will allow users to not just display but also input Japanese and Korean text into Web forms and Outlook Express 4.0 e-mail messages. For more information, please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
ARTICLE-ID: 186113
TITLE : Internet Explorer Input Method Editor 4.0 for Japanese/Korean

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Article ID: 162408 - Last Review: February 24, 2014 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 128-Bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.02
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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