How To Enable Legacy Dos Application To Use Hebrew Fonts Under Command Line

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Author: Yuval Sinay MVP
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SYMPTOMS

When you start legacy application that use dos/command line environment under Windows XP/2000/2003, the fonts characters seems
un-comprehendible instead of Hebrew fonts.

CAUSE

Legacy application that use dos/command line environment with Hebrew fonts may require additional fonts that are
missing from the default installation of Windows XP/2000/2003. 
 
Further information can be obtain from:
 
 
Limitations of Windows 2000 Support for Languages
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q254256
 

RESOLUTION

There few option to configure Hebrew font support under Windows XP/2000/2003. The actual implementation depend
 
 on the dos application requirements.
 
Warning: Methods A,B,D,E aren't supported by Microsoft and you may implement them on your on risk. 
               Also, there is no guaranty that any method will work with every dos application, you can only use it with "trial and error".
 
Method A - Run Application in Full Screen:
 
 
1. Obtain "LOADHEB.COM" or "VGA-HEB.EXE" files.
 
2. Create a batch file script in installation directory of the DOS application and add to it the
     
      following lines:
 
 
     "MODE CON LINES=25"
 
     "LOADHEB (or VGA-HEB)"
 
     "The EXE/COM file name that launch the DOS application"
 
 
3. Run the batch file that you created in step 2.
 
 
Method B: Run Application in "Windows" Screen:
 
 
1. Obtain a copy of "APP862.FON" (You can find it on Hebrew Enabled version of Windows 98/ME).
 
  Note: To use the files above, you will need to obtain Windows 98/ME/2000 Pro/XP license.
 
2. Install "APP862.FON" into the "Fonts" icon from the Windows "Control Panel".
 
3.  Backup the original "SYSTEM.INI" file of your system.
 
4. Change "woafont=dosapp.FON" line under "SYSTEM.INI" file to "woafont=APP862.FON"
 
5. Reboot the computer.
 
6. Configure the DOS window to use the following font settings:
 
        "Raster fonts"
 
        "Size = 10 X 18"
 
7. Launch the dos application after the reboot.
 
 
Method C - Using Microsoft AppLocale Utility:
 
 
Please review Microsoft reference to AppLocale Utility:
 
http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/apploc.mspx
 
 
Method D - Using 3party tools:
 
 
Consider to obtain 3party tool that can add Hebrew support to Windows command prompt.
 
 
Method E - Upgrade the DOS application:
 
 
Contact the software manufacture support, and obtain Windows version of the DOS application.

MORE INFORMATION

Configurable Language and Cultural Settings
http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/reference/localetable.mspx
 
The Microsoft AppLocale Utility
http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/apploc.mspx

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Article ID: 555194 - Last Review: September 14, 2004 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 Standard Edition
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