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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a programmer, although I've written a few lines of C++, and then stricktly Latin characters, ASCII only.
Still, to get you going here are some thoughts.

You say
[quote]It works fine with english files... but fails to work with thai files [/quote]
That's too vague : How do you know it fails ? Because it does not return any output ?
If so, then there are at least 2 possibilities :
1- your program does not recognise thai characters in the files, so it has noithing to return, and just ends without displaying anything
2- your program reads thai from the files but you don't see any output because your program does not know how to draw thai characters on the screen,

You could try to test this, eg by returning a message ("thai text found !") in stead of outputting the thai text.

If it's just an output problem, you probably need to add locale or language support for thai to your C development environment and/or your operating system.

But I can imagine your program has trouble reading / recognising thai characters, as it probably expects plain ASCII characters from the a US /Latin code page.
If the thai in the files your searching is expressed in unicode, you have an additional problem : ASCII is expressed in 8 bits (and thus the C variable type 'char' is 1 byte) - unicode uses 16 bits per character.

How does your program store the text it needs to search ? in a C string - an array of chars ? How does it find strings in the text and compare them ? the functions from string.h may not be suitable to deal with 16 bit characters, and stdio.h may not have the correct functions to read or output thai characters.

You may want to have a investigate "wide streams" (include wchar.h) - these are streams of "wide" (16 bit) characters, as opposed to the normal text streams that you may be using for english text.

Hope this helps you figure out where to go. I think you have a better chance at a thai coders forum ...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And for anyone interested in problems related to computing and non-western alphabets :

short intro to thai in unicode and TIS-620 (ASCII) representation

a very illustrative article about the thai alphabet and the problems related to representing it on a computer

e.g. subsection 2.1 : Linux console fonts for Thai language
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