Pasting Text into Metrics Windows Sometimes Turns into Chinese

Robby Woodard's picture

It's weird. It doesn't happen all the time but enough to be really frustrating. When I paste a string of latin text into the metrics window, about 30% of the time that text will paste in as a string of chinese text instead.

I am using FL 5.1.2 on a mac running OS 10.6.8. This never happened in the older FL version.

Does this happen to anybody else? Can I make it stop??

jasonc's picture

where did you copy the text from when this happens? was it utf-8?

John Hudson's picture

My guess is that you are pasting 8-bit encoded text into a 16-bit environment. Hence each sequence of two single byte character codes are being interpreted as one double byte code, which happens to result in Chinese characters.

Tom Gewecke's picture

This kind of thing is typical of utf-8 text being read as if it were utf-16. I don't know why it would happen, but see if there is any difference between copying from TextEdit and Word, for example.

Robby Woodard's picture

In this case, I was copying a glyph (solidus) from the metrics window itself to paste between a couple figures. But it happens occasionally when I copy a name from the glyph properties pallet too.

I will try a few experiments with word and textedit.

It only happens sporadically. Some days worse than others.

.00's picture

This was a know bug. I experienced it continually pasting text into the font header. Upgrade to FL 5.1.3 build 4692 and the problem goes away.

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