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Posted 19 Jun 2004


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Quick code page converter

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19 Jun 2004
A simple tool that converts ANSI string to Unicode using a code page you select.


I'll tell you an embarrassing history, after which I've made this utility.

My mother tongue is Russian, and I live in Israel. So that apart from English language, I have Russian and Hebrew installed. In the Windows settings, I set Russian as the default conversion code page from ANSI string. That means that if a non-Unicode program wants to display a string, it is always converted to Unicode using Russian code page.

Once, at evening, I worked on my computer, when suddenly an ICQ popup arrived. It was not displayed correctly (something similar to Chinese :)). That message was from someone I didn't know, with high ICQ#, and indeed longer than 'hello'. Of course, I decided that was some annoying spam, and typed 'f*** off'. Then I had to go out for a couple of hours. When I got back, there was another message waiting for me. It said 'sorry'.

Hm.. I checked the messages history, and discovered that this message arrived from the same user whose message was unreadable. I copied it to another file and opened it with IE, specifying the Hebrew code page. It said:

"Hello, my name is Elad Cohen, I'm a high school student. I found you via ICQ because you're interested in Physics just like me. I've got a couple of question in Mechanics. Would you help me please?"


It's a very small and simple utility, you'll puzzle out it fast. When you start it, there should appear its icon in the system tray. To convert a string, copy it to the clipboard (if it is in an edit control, then type Ctrl+C), and than double-click the tray icon. Your string should be displayed, whereas at the upper combo box you can choose any code page installed on your system. Enjoy.


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About the Author

Software Developer (Senior)
Israel Israel
My name is Vladislav Gelfer, I was born in Kiev (former Soviet Union), since 1993 I live in Israel.
In programming I'm interested mostly in low-level, OOP design, DSP and multimedia.
Besides of the programming I like physics, math, digital photography.

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QuestionThanks a lot! Pin
alxlabs12-Aug-19 5:41
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QuestionGood job; small fix in hChild Pin
Dave Driesen9-Jan-14 10:21
MemberDave Driesen9-Jan-14 10:21 
Works great, although there are some compilation errors due to untyped hChild variable on line 95.

Easy fix is to change this:
for (hChild = GetWindow(hWnd, GW_CHILD); hChild; hChild = GetWindow(hChild, GW_HWNDNEXT))

to this:
for (HWND hChild = GetWindow(hWnd, GW_CHILD); hChild; hChild = GetWindow(hChild, GW_HWNDNEXT))

Dave Driesen
AnswerRe: Pin
valdok9-Jan-14 10:43
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QuestionFine! Pin
Volynsky Alex8-Jan-14 4:10
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GeneralWin7 Pin
voinovv2-Jul-10 10:32
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QuestionRe: Pin
valdok3-Jul-10 10:10
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GeneralVery Nice Pin
XuShanghua5-Aug-08 0:13
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velikosselski19-Sep-06 12:24
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GeneralVery good Pin
Pavlik_Morozov14-Feb-06 2:10
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GeneralSimple and easy. Great job ! Pin
chavdar214-Nov-05 2:25
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Generalyou can also use this dll in sqlserver Pin
Anonymous23-May-05 2:56
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GeneralNULL Returned Pin
Mike Lucas14-May-05 4:28
MemberMike Lucas14-May-05 4:28 
GeneralAwesome job! But I found an error in the source code. Pin
ftrbinom,oiunomin29-Oct-04 14:41
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GeneralRe: Awesome job! But I found an error in the source code. Pin
valdok30-Oct-04 2:08
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GeneralGreat Pin
Yigal18-Jul-04 2:09
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GeneralGreat Job Pin
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