ACC2000: Cannot Print Non-ASCII Unicode Characters

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You cannot preview or you cannot print Unicode characters that do not have ASCII code values on Far East versions of Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition. This affects Japanese extended characters, Korean K1 characters, and Chinese Traditional non-big5 characters.

For example, the following character cannot be displayed correctly:
[KOU]:unicode Japanese Kanji character (Unicode: 705D)


Some of the Kanji characters have only Unicode and do not have ASCII code. For example, [KOU]:unicode Japanese Kanji character (Unicode: 705D) does not have ASCII code. The ExtTextOutA() API is for ASCII code characters. ExtTextOutW() API is for Unicode characters. Usually, you use ExtTextOutW() with Unicode in Access. But there is a bug in the Windows 9x ExtTextOutW() API. Therefore, Access converts the Unicode to ASCII and uses ExtTextOutA() with ASCII code. In this case, the special characters that do not have ASCII code cannot convert Unicode to ASCII code. Therefore, Access cannot display the characters correctly.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
276367 OFF2000: How to Obtain the Latest Office 2000 Service Pack


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 2.


Because Microsoft Windows 95 does not support Unicode completely, this module does not fix this problem on Far East versions of Windows 95.


Article ID: 271249 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Access 2000 Service Pack 1
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