Re: Newbie questions...
>>>>> "debian-jp" == debian-jp <email@example.com> writes:
> b) How can I *print* Japanese text? Trying 'ps-print' from within
> xemacs doesn't work (I get a message about some fonts missing; and
> subsequently the japanese portion of the text ends up blank on the
> printed paper)...
There are two ways which work very well for me with GNU Emacs 21. If
you just do `M-x ps-spool-buffer'. Emacs appends the Postscript print
output to the buffer *PostScript* which you can then save to a file. It
will only work for japanese text if you set `ps-multibyte-buffer' to
`non-latin-printer' (try `M-x customize-group ps-print-font').
Try to view it with `gv'. It should display corretly, if you have
postscript fonts for japanese installed. There are neat fonts available
in Debian Woody. Even TTF, I think. All managed through defoma (? I'm
not sure I just don't understand Debian font management). If you
install the right package everything should run out-of-the-box. I don't
know which package supplies the fonts that I'm currently using. Does
anybody know? Maybe dselect suggest those packages when you install
If `gv' shows the fonts, you can embed the font into your postscript
file via `ps2ps' which should make the text print directly on any
non-japanese postscript printer. Any other printer you have a driver
for should work as well.
A maybe simpler alternative for creating a printable postscript version
of a plain japanese text file, is using `e2ps', included in Woody. You
will also need to filter the output with `ps2ps' if you want to print on
Before Debian supported printing japanese postscript files in Potato (at
least I didn't know how to do it), I used BDF-Fonts which `ps-print' can
embed into your PostScript output. They don't look very neat, but work
very well for many languages. The BDF fonts are contained in the
`xfonts-intl-*' _source_ packages.
You need to setup emacs correctly. Here's what I use in my .emacs:
(if (boundp 'bdf-directory-list)
(setq ps-multibyte-buffer 'bdf-font)
(setq bdf-directory-list (list bdf-directory-list
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